Stan Cassidy Centre opens Canada's first accessible video gaming service

Canada's first accessible video gaming service is now open at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation in Fredericton.

The service, which was funded through a $30,000 grant from the Stan Cassidy Foundation, includes demonstration and assessment equipment for patients to use under the guidance of assistive technology therapists.

Clinicians can assess patients on several adapted game controllers, including mouth or foot activated remotes.

According to the centre, evidence shows people with a spinal cord or neurological injury or disease can benefit from video gaming as a key part of a complete rehabilitation treatment program.

It can improve healthcare outcomes like hand-eye coordination, head and trunk control and the growth of neurological pathways.

Alissa Lee, the foundation's executive director, says private donations help fund cutting-edge work like this gaming service and help to advance patient care and improve quality of life.