Video games are a 'great equalizer' for people with disabilities

Gaming has been a huge part of Erin Hawley's life since she started playing Atari as a little girl.

When the Keyport, New Jersey-based, 35-year-old digital content producer for the Easterseals charity gets off work, she gets right on her computer or Xbox and often keeps going until it's time for bed.

Hawley is a fan of shooter titles such as "Overwatch" and "Half-Life," but she’ll play adventure games, puzzles, almost anything. She’s also a regular on the Amazon-owned Twitch live streaming platform.

Gaming is how Hawley typically relaxes, interacts with friends and takes her mind off things.

And it provides a social outlet for other purposes: Hawley has Muscular Dystrophy, anxiety, and scoliosis, and she is an advocate for the disabled . . .

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