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Video Games Become Reality for UPMC Rehab Patients

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WHAT: The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy is now home to adapted video game equipment, thanks to a generous gift from the AbleGamers Charity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring individuals living with disabilities can pursue their love of gaming.  


UPMC Rehabilitation Institute patients and staff will gather to celebrate the recent donation, which provides patients with access to customized video game equipment and controllers for therapeutic and recreational use during their time at UPMC Mercy.  


Each piece of technology is designed specifically for players with limited mobility, and AbleGamers will also consult with UPMC patients to design customized gaming equipment for when they return home from the hospital. 


WHY: The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute strives to help all patients get back to the activities they love most following an injury, and the technology and services provided by AbleGamers will ensure that physical capabilities are not a barrier for patients who wish to return to gaming. 




  • Steve Spohn, chief operations officer, AbleGamers 
  • Daniel Butts, M.B.A., M.O.T., O.T.R./L., senior director, rehabilitation operations, UPMC 
  • UPMC Rehabilitation Institute patients and staff 


WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2019 


WHERE: UPMC Mercy, 1400 Locust St., Pittsburgh, 15219. 


Note to Media: To cover this event, prior arrangements must be made by contacting Courtney Caprara at or 412-592-8134.