Dear DAGERSystem Readers,

It’s with gratefulness and some amount of awe that I look back on the last eight years. If you had told me when I founded the site as a one-man game accessibility blog back in 2012 that it would grow into the community it is today, I would have probably laughed. And yet here we are. As many of you may know, we have officially converted into a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of educating, empowering, and employing disabled gamers. With that in mind we have a few announcements.

1. We’re paying: One of our core tenants as an organization is to build an ecosystem where people with disabilities are treated like the unique experts they are. Our goal is to eventually employ a team of highly skilled disabled editors to produce our content. While offering fulltime employment is outside our current resources, we can now reimburse the incredibly talented people who write for us thanks to the generous donation from Naughty Dog Studios. Because of their investment in accessibility we can now pay our editors for up to 30 articles per month for their time and effort in enriching DAGERSystem content.

2. We’re expanding: Now that we’re finally able to compensate our content creators, we are elated to announce the new DAGERSystem Editorial Team. Our current staff, Carlos Moscoso and Mike Matlock, are now Reviews Editor and News Editor respectively. We will also be adding two new positions: Jeremy Peeples will come onboard as a Reviews Editor, and Kyle Abbate will be DAGERSystem’s Video Content Manager. We can’t wait for the new perspectives they will bring to our organization.

3. We’re adding video to our content! Mr. Abbate, in his role as Video Content Manager, will oversee DAGERSystem’s YouTube channel and bring his considerable talent and experience with his own channel, OneHandMostly, to the table and ensure that as we grow, we will be able to provide top quality videos on all things video game accessibility.

4. We want you! In addition to our current staff, we are always on the lookout for new editors and contributors. At the moment, we’re looking for a passionate gamer who is deaf or hard of hearing and is excited about sharing their perspectives with the community. We can pay for up to eight articles a month in this position and would work with you to design a role that fits your lifestyle. Even if you don’t fit this profile, be sure to drop an application, we’re always looking for new writers. Send us a writing sample and a short biography to contact@dagersystem.com

As we take a bold step into the future, we want to thank our readers for their continued support. As a nonprofit, we’re always looking for partnerships in fundraising, but we pledge never to ask the disabled consumers we serve to contribute financially to our mission. Instead, we’ll be counting on the video game industry to see the value in accessibility and partner with us in this endeavor. We are committed to providing the highest quality consumer education, free of charge, as well as helping build an ecosystem where everyone can game. None of this would be possible without you, and for that all we can say is…

Thank you.

Josh Straub
Editor-In-Chief
Dagersystem.com

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