Executive Director and Founder, Able Gamers
Mark Barlet has 25 years of hands-on experience in the technology and assistive technology field. Widely regarded as one of the leaders in making software accessible for people with disabilities. Mark has worked for the US Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and other top-secret departments since leaving the Air Force in 1996 as a service connected disabled veteran.
From 2004-Present, Mark has traveled around the globe sharing his passion about accessibility, assistive technology, and videogame adjacent disability topics for organizations such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and other Fortune 500 companies to bring the inspirational message of his perseverance, bringing fun and returning joy to those in need.
In 2004, Mark founded AbleGamers after Multiple Sclerosis attacked his best friend, Stephanie Walker, nearly taking away her ability to interact and connect through video games. His vision was to ensure that no one with a disability would ever be without answers on how to conquer disabilities and continue enjoying one of the world’s largest past times. AbleGamers now supports major game companies, from SONY to Blizzard, the work that Mark’s AbleGamers created can be seen on almost every title published today.