“Neurodiversity And Accessibility” In Gaming

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Cate Osborn never dreamed before COVID hit that she’d be the creator of a thriving social media community of more than two million in just one year.

Known as @catieosaurus online, Cate, a mental health advocate, full-time content creator, and co-host of Infinite Quest podcast (a top-50 mental health podcast), is speaking out about an unusual but important topic: neurodiversity, disability and the gaming community.

Osborn was as surprised as anyone at the popularity her ADHD-focused content achieved so quickly. After losing her job during the pandemic, she created a TikTok channel to pass the time. It turned out her content hit home for many people. Her honest, informative posts about her own experiences with ADHD and depression spoke to others with similar realities who were hungry for content, understanding and community.

From undiagnosed adult ADHD to neurodiversity and sexuality (Osborn is also a Certified Sex Educator) to the lesser-known symptoms of ADHD, Osborn explores topics that don’t usually make it into mainstream discussions around neurodiversity. One particular topic garnered a swell of interest from followers: neurodiversity and accessibility in the gaming community. As an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and co-host of Infinite Quest, Osborn’s two passions collided with the topic of neurodiversity and gaming.

“There is a shocking lack of accessibility in gaming,” explains Osborn. “Especially tabletop role-playing games (TTRPG) like Dungeons and Dragons. The more I explored the issue and interacted with players who struggle to feel welcome, the more I realized how vital the discussion is. Everyone should be welcome at the gaming table.”

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