Collaborative to Develop Online Game for MS Population

Mar 03 10:13:43 2009

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the health benefits of gaming, particularly regarding the ability of games to maintain
or improve cognitive function. Games have been developed for people with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, however nothing has ever
been created specifically for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.

This week, in conjunction with this year’s MS Awareness Week, the MS Technology Collaborative has announced their plans to change that.
The group is in the process of building an online game that addresses the cognitive challenges specific to the MS community. The game will also incorporate
assistive technology elements to account for other MS-related challenges such as low vision.

Expected to be released early this summer, the game will be available for play on the Collaborative’s Web site at

The Collaborative is an alliance between the National MS Society, Microsoft, and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, all of whom are dedicated
to connecting people living with MS to assistive technologies that can help them live their lives better. At, visitors can access information
and resources to help them take advantage of assistive technology.

Get Involved

The Collaborative is looking for people with MS to serve as the initial game players. For an opportunity to be one of the first to play this exciting game, please visit and click on “Join Our Community.”

The Collaborative is also working to personalize the user experience by offering video testimonials from people living with MS. These videos
will demonstrate how assistive technology is being used to live better with MS. E-mail with your personal story – select winners
will have their stories captured by a film crew in their home town and posted on and other online channels.

Want more information? Visit to view the Collaborative’s brand new Web site and explore the assistive technology resources
that are available.

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