Yesterday marked the beginning of another National Disability Employment Awareness Month here in the US, and to mark this month, we are announcing some exciting changes to the Dagersystem organization, its mission, and its goals. First and foremost, the Name. As you may have noticed, if you’ve been over to CIPT’s parent site, or if you’re reading this on that site, Dagersystem is now known as AbilityPoints. We decided to make this change to reflect the exciting ways that we’ve grown as an organization, and to help up consolidate our branding in a more memorable and easy to understand format.
Second is the mission statement. The AbilityPoints mission statement going forward will be: “AbilityPoints promotes diversity in tech and gaming by helping skilled disabled people find careers and by helping companies navigate disability employment.” We think that this new mission statement will open new doors for our organization, and will ultimately lead to a stronger non-profit. Now, I’m sure you have questions, so let me try to answer them in as brief of a way as possible:
Why make this change?
This change will make it easier for potential donors to understand the impact that their donations have on the disability communities. Our donors do incredible work providing the resources to keep our initiatives running, but they deserve better clarity into how their contributions are being used to support the causes we champion. By refreshing our branding, we hope to be better equipped to continue to work with our closest donors, better equipped to continue supporting the excellent staff of journalists that make up our CIPT team, and ultimately have a clear, concise message that we can carry forward: If you support our work, your donation will make a difference.
How will this effect CIPT?
At the end of the day, very little will change. We are positioning CIPT as one of our programs that help us train disabled professionals for careers in the tech and gaming industry. You can look forward to the same level of high quality content, and hopefully an expansion in the amount of content that we are able to produce. Fitting our organization into this more focused framework allows us to continue to develop our other initiatives (including some that haven’t even been announced yet).
What about Dagersystem.com?
Here we have to give a special shoutout to Head of Website Operations for CIPT, Marijn Rongen. Over the past year, he’s meticulously gone through the backlog of Dagersystem articles and transferred them over to CanIPlayThat. As of today, you can find all of the original Dagersystem content on CanIPlayThat.com, adding significantly to that websites catalogue of robust accessibility reviews. Dagersystem.com now redirects to our new website: AbilityPoints.com.
What are the plans for the future?
We can’t go into much detail, but we have plans for multiple initiatives that will all dovetail into our new mission statement. They will all be focused around game accessibility, and they will all ultimately result in training people with disabilities to take on professional roles in tech and gaming.
I want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support of AbilityPoints and CanIPlayThat. Working over the course of this last year to integrate and financially stabilize CanIPlayThat has been a wonderful eye-opening experience which reaffirmed our passion and love for game accessibility. Being able to not just preserve but expand this incredibly important resource for the disability communities has been an honor for our organization. Once again, thank you all for your continued support. If you would like to partner with us in our mission of increasing diversity in gaming, please consider donating at the link below.