VARIETY

ACCESS-ABILITY

Letting Everyone SHINE!

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Throughout March, we're celebrating games that SHINE in accessibility!

There are a lot of elements that can easily be missed when it comes to accessibility in games, so as a charity that champions inclusion for all kids, we’re highlighting games that do it well so that everyone can Access-ABILITY! 


What is Access-ABILITY?

Access-ABILITY is a month-long charity event celebrating games that excel in accessibility, all while helping kids in need! Throughout March, we're showcasing games that SHINE in being open to everyone.

There are a lot of elements that can easily be missed when it comes to accessibility in games, so as a charity that champions inclusion for all kids, we’re highlighting games that do it well so that everyone can Access-ABILITY!

We’re inviting our Variety Level Up for Kids community and friends to take part by streaming accessible games to support our Variety SHINE program that gives kids the access and ability to SHINE in the classroom!

PLUS We're going to be chatting to developers, and learning more about the intricacy of game design so we can strive for inclusion in the gaming space!

We're fundraising for the Variety SHINE Program!


The Variety SHINE Program is a game changer for kids who may be struggling in the classroom. Our intensive program gives kids access to a full team of allied health professionals whose one-on-one work with each participant gets to the root cause of their learning or language issues. Through sessions and extensive testing, kids often receive their very first diagnosis that may have otherwise been missed - these could be issues with hearing, sight, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and more.

Based on assessments of the child, the Variety SHINE team together form a plan and provide recommendations that can be actioned at home and in the classroom to improve the child’s learning outcomes in the long-term, giving access to the services and support needed to optimise the future of their education

Stay tuned for some awesome interviews with game developers! AND check out some fantastic games we're showcasing and why below!

The Broadcast Toolkit

The provided .ZIP features everything you might need to begin your successful Access-ABILITY stream! The toolkit includes:

  • 3 Access-ABILITY themed animated screens
  • 8 Variety based overlays and an animated logo
  • Twitch panels
  • Multiple social media assets
  • Event guides, and how-tos

Still looking for more? Let us know, we'll make sure to keep add whatever you need!

We're super thankful to the streamers supporting us, and want to showcase that support through a fantastic toolkit!

Variety Access ability

YOUR IMPACT

When you are fundraising or making a donation, don't forget the incredible difference YOU are making to a child's life!
Every $1,019 raised covers the full week long Variety SHINE Program for one child, truly giving them the chance to shine! Plus we provide equipment, materials and dedicated assessents to give every child taking part a bright future.

$26

Covers art materials for a child attending the program. The art program develops motor skills and expands a child’s imagination, creativity and ability to express themselves

$53

Purchases computer software for a child to use at the program and beyond to develop their literacy and narrative skills so they can communicate with their classmates, teachers and family

$118

Covers therapy materials including games, specialist equipment and resources to reduce anxiety and develop social skills allowing a child to join in at school and beyond

$515

Pays for an assessment of speech, language and literacy skills so together family, teachers and therapists can plan a bright future for a child facing learning difficulties

VARIETY SHINE TESTIMONIALS

What Variety SHINE kids had to say...

“I made a lot of progress in reading words and I got a lot better at reading. My mum was proud of me because I did a lot of reading. The best part was drawing and the most helpful thing was playing games with all of the words.”

Variety Level up for Kids gaming for good charity streaming

Akil's Teacher Says...

"I could see that Akil was saying more words, paying greater attention and generally more engaged in learning.

"It was helpful to gain strategies working with Akil when he returns to the classroom. I read the comprehensive notes from each session. I found these notes useful both as a record and means to think about what to plan in the future. I can confidently say that I could see significant student engagement and parent involvement. Both Akil’s father and myself agreed that we have picked up on strategies and techniques to use when instructing Akil on learning tasks."

How else can I support Variety kids?

If you can't take part in this event, there's still heaps of ways you can make a difference!

Start your own DIY stream

Livestreaming content from videogames, art, cooking or just chatting is a great way to support kids in need.

We have a bunch of resources available to help you out including:

  • Talking points and fact sheets

  • Overlays / Screens

  • Promo tiles

And if you need any help you can always contact us at hello@levelupforkids.com

Support the streamers!

You can see the list of signed-up content creators on our Tiltify page.

All upcoming and live streams will be listed on the Tiltify event page for you to explore - find someone you know or discover a new content creator and let them know you think they''re awesome for supporting VCC!

Follow us on Twitter or join the Discord so we can keep you updated on their schedule as well as exciting news and impact stories about those you've helped!

Can I help another way? 
There are so many ways you can help!


Start your own fundraiser (get active, throw an event, fundraise at work,
chop your locks) - we have heaps of ideas in the Toolkit!
Help spread the word!
Make a donation by going to the event page!

And follow us on socials!

FAQ

All your questions answered!

I'm choosing to stream! How do I get started?

Sign up, set your challenge date anytime in March and choose your stream format (24hr stream, 12hr stream, 1hr a day for the holiday season or a few hours on one day).

Follow our handy guide to help you set up for your Tilitfy campaign (check our resources above for download links). You can stream solo or as a team! Get your crew together to do a joint live stream (so you can get off the grind and have some time AFK) or go solo. 

What should I choose for a fundraising goal?

We always outline where funds go, so for example $26 covers art materials for the SHINE program. If art was your passion as a kid, why not aim to cover art material costs for 10 kids? That’s $260 as a fantastic starter goal – as long as it means something to you, that’s what matters!

Dream big or start small, whatever works! If you reach your goal, you can set a larger one as you go!

Part of a team? Set a goal altogether and you can all support each other! Team GraveKeepers raised over $10k for us Spooktober 2020, so your team can aim big, too!

What if I don’t reach the fundraising goal I’ve set?

Even if you don’t hit the goal you’ve set, every dollar still counts! We’re thankful that you’ve taken time out of your days or weeks to stream for us!

Who can participate?

Anyone over the age of 16 can participate!

If you’re 16 or under, you must have the consent from a responsible parent or guardian. In addition, there needs to be supervision from them over the course of the streams.

What’s off-limits?

Streams for Variety are fun and friendly activities that should be family friendly. All this means is that keep drug talk and encouragement of illegal activities out of your streams, no sexually explicit content, as well as no bigoted language.

We welcome diversity here, so we don’t tolerate any form of hatespeech.

I have some suggestions for you! How do I get in touch?

We absolutely love inputs from the community, content creators and viewers alike. We’d love to know what you’re looking for or even how we can help out! Get in contact with us via e-mail at hello@levelupforkids.com

Any more tips on running a successful charity stream?

Planning your stream

Set a length of time that suits you!

24 hours can be a lot on your own, try for a shorter time (2-6 hours as a standard estimate) or team up with a friend or get a team together to tag out.

Get in some mods!

Gaming and chatting at the same time - including sharing links to your fundraising page regularly or letting your followers know about your incentives can be tricky. Ask a friend to moderate for you!

In addition, setting up a bot with !charity !variety or !donate commands can be a super handy way to let people find information out super easily.

Test before you stream!

Make sure everything is working prior to your big go live date! Make sure to include our overlays and alerts - these will provide dynamic updates to your viewers as they donate.

Plan your incentives, rewards and milestones

Whether you're colouring your hair or doing a giveaway, plan your incentives before your big day. Some fantastic incentives we’ve seen included are:

Putting on a blindfold for 1min

Eating a chilli

Dying your hair / beard

Wearing a fun costume – or completely trash one

Let us know when you're streaming!

Make sure to tell your friends, fam and followers know what you're doing on socials - build it up to your event day to launch with a bang! Feel free to tag us, too - we'll make sure to spread word!

We're always keen to tune in, have fun, and support those supporting us!

Reach out to companies

Let your fav stores to let them know you are charity streaming for kids in need this holiday season - you never know, they may help promote it or help you out with giveaways!

Campaign Description

When filling out your campaign description make sure you include a summary of why your helping Variety and the difference you and your supporters are making

Helpful Bots & Info

Due to the recent Hoss issues that have been plaguing Twitch, we want to make sure all of our community feel safe. We strongly recommend using Sery_Bot to help with any potential issues – the bot is constantly updating to ban known bot accounts.

This will keep you and your viewers safe from IP Grabbers.

You should also enable the twitch moderation setting that requires chatters to have a verified email, this prevents a great chunk of spam bots!

When you're streaming

Repeat your message

People might tune in and out so make sure you shout out regularly in stream and in the comments why it's important to donate to support your cause – people love to know why it’s especially important to you! We've included some easy talking points in our how-to guide to help out.

Thank and engage your supporters

While donations and comments are coming in, give your supporters a shout out to say thanks. And don't forget to do a follow up social post telling them how awesome they all are!

Take breaks

When you sign on to level up, we'll provide you with overlays including BRB screens so you can have a stretch, grab a glass of water or stock up on snacks!

Follow our community guidelines

Keep it friendly and fun and follow our community rules!

Here's an awesome thread from Twitch guru Aly Sweetman on Twitter with more how to's on your first charity stream!

Where are your terms and conditions? / Do you have a code of conduct?

What if I don't play any of the games you recommend?

No problems at all! We encourage people taking part to explore the may accessible games featured on CAN I PLAY THAT? and the Accessible Games Database. You're welcome to play any game (other than GTAV) on your charity stream, and we appreciate it! 

What currency is used for fundraising on Tiltify?

The default that we are using is USD

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