County Education'S Custom Computer Games Open Doors for Severely Disabled Students

"One of the greatest joys you can have as a parent is seeing your child having fun," says Alicia Gallegos Butters, director of educational technology for the San Diego County Office of Education.

"Seeing your child, in some cases, play sports, do something that allows them happiness.

What we did that day is we allowed that to happen, or we were part of that happening for families."

The San Diego Union-Tribune has the story of 19-year-old Jaylyn Morris, who suffers from cerebral palsy and a traumatic brain injury and has never been able to play video games.

In February, however, he was introduced to E-Sports at the San Diego County Office of Education's Innovation Center, which offers high-tech classes and workshops to students in the region.

It's all part of the County Office's mission to end poverty by giving students highly sought tech skills needed for future careers.

Morris was one of three students from the Friendship School, a special education school in Imperial Beach, who were introduced to E-Sports at the center.

They played Pong, T-Rex, and Super Mario Brothers with the help of custom-made equipment made with a 3-D printer.

"Some of these kids hadn't played games before

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