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SCI Superstar: Chuck Bittner

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With the tongue-in-cheek gamer nickname ONLYUSEmeFACE, Chuck Bittner is one of the world’s most impressive gamers. As a C5 quadriplegic, Chuck plays console games using only his face and since 2011, he’s been on a mission to bring universal key remapping to the gaming industry.

In layman’s speak – he wants every console game to allow players to change which keys on a controller control movement for gameplay. He has amassed hundreds of signatures over the years, and he’s still pounding the industry hard.

Also a hilarious self-dubbed “can’t stand up comedian,” Chuck has introduced a whole new world into life with quadriplegia. Here is his awesome story.

Why he’s fearless

Growing up in New England, Chuck fell in love with gaming but after a car accident at the age of 20 year, old his love was confronted with a huge problem – he could no longer move his hands. How in the heck was he going to play?  Things were looking blea, but soon he figured out a way to still play, and that was by using his face.

Now 39 years old, and living in Exeter, New Hampshire, Chuck began using one face to play nearly 19 years ago and now it’s his preferred method.  He has gotten so good at it in fact that he started a video channel showing the world how he plays and it now has over 600 videos.  Known as AskaCapper, his site will show whatever his viewers request.

Since being forced to use his face to play, this is now his preferred method. His main gaming love is Call of Duty; a game he’s been playing for years and sometimes even along with his 69 year old dad, who’s one of the oldest players. But his main passion outside an actual gameplay is trying to change the industry, and key remapping to be specific.

In 2011, Chuck began promoting his petition at PAX East, a national gaming conference in Boston, approaching game developers like Sony and the makers of Borderlands, Gearbox Software. While feedback from developers has been mixed, Chuck feverishly tries to persuade developers on the monetary aspect of things as well.

The truth – some games have been changed because of Chuck, but only a few and they’re not well known. A lot of work still needs to be done in this area.

What’s next?

Around four years ago is when Chuck also threw his hat in the comedy ring, joking about everything from sex to being “the inspirational kid.” While his style of comedy may not be for everybody (it’s quite biting), it definitely helps bring home the message that people with spinal cord injuries are still just like everyone else. Watch his standup

After a spinal cord injury, it’s never easy finding your path again and we love how Chuck has found his. An path definitely less traveled, he is committed to making a difference in the gaming and comedy worlds which he resides, and we love him for it.

– Visit his site: AskaCapper.com

Sign the Custom Button reMapping Petition

How have you brought accessibility to your passions?

Watch the videos!

Quadriplegic Can’t Stand Up Comic – Chuck Bittner – AskACapper.com & Gamer!

– More of Chuck’s comedy: Dealing with loss…

PAX East 2011: Chuck “AskACapper” Bittner Interview

Chuck Bittner: Handicap Gamer/Comedian Special Request For Game Devs “ALLOW BUTTON REMAPPING”

SCI Superstar: Meaghan Rose Gallagher

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Growing up, all Meaghan Rose Gallagher – a fashionista, comic and actress – dreamt about was becoming an actress. She even made it as far as being called back by Juilliard’s drama division, making herself standout among 400 other hopefuls. But the usual path in hitting the big time was not meant for Meaghan. A spinal cord injury would soon have other plans in store.

After her injury however, she refused to let it take her out of the arena of performing. Restructuring her career and becoming a director and comedian instead, read on for the determined and color-coordinated backstory of the flawless Meghan Rose Gallagher.

Why she’s fearless

Growing up in Lake Worth, Florida, Megan was a born and bred beach girl. But when she was 21 and broke her neck in 2005 in a car accident, breaking her neck at the C5-6 vertebrae, she wasn’t sure if performing was still something she wanted to do.  Even her family tried to persuade her, telling her it was possible to still follow her dreams.

After trying acting again however, she says sadly, it just didn’t feel right and she had a hard time enjoying it like before; and this is the part where Meghan’s resilient spirit kicks in. Instead of wallowing in sadness about something she used to love and letting it completely fall to the wayside, she decided to try something new instead, but made sure it was still in the realm of performing – directing.

She decided to take on theater directing a year after her accident. From 2006 to 2009, she directed 12 different plays and even performed in one, The Universal Language. Now that’s some serious dedication to a new art form, not to mention showing her colleagues in the theater world that reinventing yourself is totally possible.

After directing for three years, she moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend college, and she enrolled in a forensics class, which we all know are heavy on public speaking. Her ability in these classes and at the speech tournaments was good; really good. So much that it inspired her. After including some humor in one of her speeches and getting a response, she decided standup comedy would be something she want to give a go, and she moved her entire life to Gainesville, FL for its active comedy scene.

Once arriving, Meghan had no problem putting herself out there, performing at as many clubs as she could. And her routine is something many people spinal cord injuries will appreciate. Nothing is off-limits in her material, from online dating horror stories to the joys of not working for years and getting weird random compliments from people of Walmart. Watch her do a show at comedy club 1982

What’s next?

Also after arriving in Gainesville, FL, Meghan decided to enroll in classes at Santa Fe College right in town. She’s working towards her associate’s degree in art. A local PBS station in Gainesville also did a cool photo spread of Meaghan’s life since she moved to town.

The photos are a no-holds barred look into her life (love the photo of her applying makeup; she can put on liquid eyeliner like a ninja), the photos show beautifully that life can move on after a permanent injury, but in just a different way. Check it out – Local Life: Meghan Gallagher

I’ve known a lot of people with spinal cord injuries since becoming injured myself, and I must say Meghan is one of the coolest people I’ve met. Heck, the lady loves mermaids and unicorns and admits it proudly.  How can you not love this woman? Bravo to the funny lady from Gainesville determined to make others smile if it’s the last thing she does.

– Like her on Facebook: Meaghan Rose Gallagher

– Follow her on Tumblr: HELLOLAZY

Did you get back into performing after your injury?

Watch the videos!

Meaghan Gallagher doing standup @ The Bull

Meaghan Gallagher doing more comedy @ 1982

Meaghan showing off her new cat Theo Oliver Claude Gallagher

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