Please help spread the word:
My name is Hawke Robinson. Residing in Spokane since 2004. I volunteer at many locations. Using Therapeutic Recreation methodologies, I design and provide, for FREE, services for special needs populations throughout the greater Spokane, Washington area. This includes using role-playing games (RPGs) to help people. I run both regular and adapted games, for both regular and special needs populations.
Parking Space information for the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer:
length of trailer 26', SUV 18', total = 44' (if ramp lowered, an
Typically a little over two parking stalls end-to-end, or 5-6 stalls horizontally.
The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer
The goal of this fund raiser is for the down payment to build a wheelchair friendly trailer to make it affordable to expand providing these services throughout the Northwest, and North America.
The RPG Trailer will be a custom built trailer, designed from the ground up, to help provide much-needed services to special needs populations such as: at-risk youth, brain injury (traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, etc.), Autism spectrum toddlers through adults (ASD / PDD), ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), Downs Syndrome, Parkinsons, the Deaf, and many others. The services that are being provided for free to those in need, are based on proven Recreation Therapy methods to help achieve education and/or therapy goals. There will be also options for providing music therapy and other therapeutic recreation services as well.
IF YOU ARE A ROLE-PLAYING GAMER:
You already know the many great benefits from RPGs. The trailer will make it much easier to provide free sessions RPG using tabletop, computer-based, and live-action (LARP) role-playing games for those who need it most, but have the greatest difficulty being able to participate. There is 30+ years of research on the many benefits of RPG , and coupled with the Recreation Therapy profession, the RPG Trailer will help make it possible for people that need RPG the most, who have the greatest trouble getting to do RPG, such as in rural areas or in a wheelchair, to experience the joy and benefits of RPGs.
IF YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR:
Many schools, facilities, organizations, and professionals throughout the world, have found that using role-playing games are highly effective as an instructional modality for increasing student engagement and retention in many topics.
IF YOU ARE A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL:
Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including Recreation Therapy (RT) / Therapeutic Recreation (TR), psychology, and neuroscience, using relevant evidence-based and theory-based approaches, based on RT/TR methodologies to provide intervention program plans using 30+ years of research on the various forms of role-playing games as an intervention modality to achieve clients' specific therapeutic goals.
WHAT ARE THE SERVICES?
The services primarily include using role-playing games of all types: tabletop, live-action (LARP), computer-based, and interactive choose your own adventure. My volunteer work also includes other Therapeutic Recreation (TR) and music therapy related services as deemed best for participants.
The total for this fund drive, $6,500 USD, covers the down payment on the trailer. It also takes into account the gofundme's donation charges, the additional fees for their payment partner for each donation, as well as gas to drive down and pick up and return with the trailer. The total cost of the portable office trailer is $25k for the stripped model that is still wheelchair friendly, and up to $40K for the features such as air conditioning, generator, safety stabilizers, etc. I can easily afford the monthly payments, it is just the initial down payment costs that are a challenge. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.
Once I have the down payment, it will take them 6 to 12 weeks to build the trailer (in Mesa, Arizona). The more money I can raise for this program, the more people I can continue to provide free RPG sessions to across a broader area. Any extra funds will go directly to the principal for the loan and/or to providing sessions throughout North America.
Many thanks to everyone for their support and kindness!
The following donor levels provide a number of ways to thank you for your donation:
About Hawke Robinson
I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist #RE60526204 . I am also currently a student at Eastern Washington University (EWU) working on an interdisciplinary degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology. After completing two internships (recreation therapy and psychology), I am planning to sit for the NCTRC CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) exam. I am a member of WSTRA & ATRA . I have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.
The populations I have been working with include (but are not limited to): Autism spectrum (ASD & PDD) youth & adults, ASD toddlers at Eastern Washington University, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation , at-risk youth, the Eastern Washington Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (EWCDHH) , the Deaf community in general, Parkinson's patients at Rockwood Clinic , Boy Scouts of America day camps, Campfire USA's Camp Dart-lo , HIV/AIDS patients at Doxie Hatch long-term care facility (Utah), Down's Syndrome, developmentally delayed & intellectually disabled patients at Hillcrest Care Center (Utah), and senior citizens at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Northern Utah, and others.
Among other recreation therapy and music therapy services, in addition to running group and one-on-one non-adapted "regular" role-playing games for many people, I also design adapted role-playing games using recreation therapy methodologies for various special-needs populations, all without charge to participants. For years I have been doing so throughout the greater Spokane & Cheney, Eastern Washington areas. I have been involved with role-playing games since 1979.
View my 90 minute presentation video at Seattle Children's hospital from April 2015 for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association with a comprehensive overview of role-playing games, and more information about how role-playing games can be very beneficial to participants. My presentation was certified by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Please help spread the word:- Help build the wheelchair friendly RPG trailer to provide role-playing gaming to special needs populations throughout North America.
Many years of research provides significant indicators that participation in role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. The RPG Research Project
It has become increasingly clear that role-playing games are an excellent modality for intervention using therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy methodologies to meet the needs of specific clients' development and rehabilitation goals.
I am trying to further the reach of these efforts to expand throughout North America, beyond just this limited geographic area, including to rural areas and groups that do not have sufficient (or any) facilities or resources.
The photos of the trailer are simulated "mock ups" of the proposed trailer design, and explanations about the features for wheelchair access and other requirements here.
This trailer would completely replace the need for the expensive offices in different cities/towns as gaming rooms, or the various insufficient facilities (many gaming stores, schools, churches, community centers, etc.) that are inadequate/sweltering/uncomfortable/noisy and/or not wheelchair friendly, and make affordable for me to provide sessions in rural areas that are completely lacking any facilities. The trailer will support all forms of role-playing games: tabletop, live-action (LARP), interactive choose your own adventure, and computer-based. It will accommodate up to 6 participants in wheelchairs or up to 10 non-wheelchair seated participants.
Many years of research provides significant indicators that participation in role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations.
There are already many individuals and groups throughout Eastern Washington & Idaho, as well as Seattle, Tacoma, and other states, that have indicated they are just waiting for me to be able to provide these sessions as soon as I can find the means to do so. Over time it is also planned to expand service provision throughout the entire North American continent. After significant research it is clear that the best way for this to be accomplished is by building a wheelchair friendly trailer as a mobile office gaming facility. This "RPG Trailer" will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. Some locations where I have volunteered, or will be participating in RPG related activities (conventions, gatherings, documentaries, etc.) and would likely utilize the trailer, include (but definitely not limited to):
- Tacoma Autism Spectrum PAVE group
- Saint Luke's Rehabilitation Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Recreation Therapy department
- Eastern Washington Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing
- The Living Games Conference in Austin (May 2015)
- HBO's VICE Media documentary on LARP & Autism in New York & New Jersey (I have been interviewed by two different VICE project members related to RPG)
My name is Hawke Robinson, founder of The RPG Research Project, studies on the effects of all forms of role-playing games, and their potential uses to achieve educational and therapeutic goals for participants. I already regularly run (for free) non-modified role-playing games that include players with Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, and at-risk youth in the Spokane area. I would like to be able to provide these games to a much broader geographic area, including rural areas, and groups that do not have their own facilities. The Role-Playing Gaming trailer will make it possible to provide these sessions to many more people over a much wider area and populace.
I am registered in Washington State as a Recreation Therapist (though not yet an NCTRC CTRS) with the Washington State Department of Health (Credential RE# 60526204 ), have acquired my Mental Health First Aid certification, and have established RPG Therapeutics as a Washington state LLC. I am a member in good standing with the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), and Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association (WSTRA).
I reside in Spokane, Washington. I am a student nearing completion of an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology at Eastern Washington University (EWU). I am a single parent of three teenage boys.
I have RPG program plans designed, waiting to be implemented, for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients, and am also in the early stages working with others on developing program plans for people diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of these programs are on hold until the trailer is available.
RPG Research Summary
Below is a summary of over 10 years of research and work related to role-playing games.
The most detailed up to date information is on The RPG Research Project website: http://www.rpgresearch.com
Examples of my presentations, videos, panel discussions, posters, etc. are below...
Zombie Orpheus Entertainment Workshop
Video: WorldCon 73 - Panel/Presentation at WorldCon 73:
"Gaming for Therapy, Gaming for Education"
Video: Hawke Robinson of RPG Research Presentation at
Seattle Children's Hospital WSTRA CON 16
Presentation for The Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association's 16th
"Therapeutic and educational uses of role-playing games (RPG) as intervention modalities
for individuals and groups from the Therapeutic Recreation perspective."
Video: Hawke Robinson of RPG Research at ZoeCon II
Presentation/Discussion at Zombie Orpheus Entertainment's ZoeCon II:
Video: Presentation for Eastern Washington University (EWU)
for Traumatic Brain Injury
Presentation for Eastern Washington University's Recreation Therapy Class for People with Disabilities:
"The Hypothetical Use of Role-Playing Games for the Treatment of a Traumatic Brain Injury Client"
Slideshow: Presentation for EWU
Psychology of Human Relations
Conflict & Barriers to Interpersonal Effectiveness, The Defamation of
Role-Playing Gamers, Addressing Inculcated Stereotyping & Prejudice.
Research Poster for WorldCon 73
A Poster at the 73rd Annual World Science Fiction Convention (Sasquan), summarizing the
past 10 years of research from RPG Research:
Overview History & Therapeutic Value of Role-Playing Gaming: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/rpgr-a0001-overview-history-and-therapeutic-value.pdf
Potential Benefits & Deficits of Role-Playing Gaming: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/rpgr-a0002-potential-benefits-and-deficit-of-role.pdf
Role-playing Games Used ad Educational & Therapeutic Tools for Youth & Adults: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/rpgr-a0004-role-playing-games-used-as-educational.pdf
American Sign Language Based Adapted RPG for The Deaf: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/rpgr-a0007a-deaf-american-sign-language-rpg-ver-2.pdf
Essay on Using RPG to Help in Rehabilitation of TBI: http://rpgr.org/documents/rpg-research-project/rpgr-a0011a-tbi-client-and-tr-use-of-rpg-20130826f.pdf
Sample Adventures / Program Plans
Some sample program plans and adventure modules using role-playing games as intervention modalities for education and therapeutic goals of various populations
Adventure Module / Program Plan for Autism Spectrum:
The Case of the Missing Surgeon
Adventure Module / Program Plan for Autism Spectrum:
Agents of Shield Z-Day Tacoma
Adventure / Program Plan LARP for
Autism Spectrum Toddlers:
Role-Playing Gaming Recreation Therapy
Handbook & Standards of Practice
Additional Information About Hawke Robinson & The RPG Research Project
I have been volunteering extensively for many years. I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist. I am also currently a student at Eastern Washington University (Autism spectrum (ASD) youth & adults, ASD toddlers at Eastern Washington University, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients at , at-risk youth, the , the in general, at , day camps, , HIV/AIDS patients at Doxie Hatch long-term care facility (Utah), developmentally delayed & intellectually disabled patients at (Utah), senior citizens at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Northern Utah, and others.) working on a degree in recreation therapy, music therapy, neuroscience, & research psychology, and planning to sit for the (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) exam. I am a member of & . The populations I have been working with include (but are not limited to):
More about Hawke Robinson: http://rpgresearch.com/staff/hawke-robinson
For even more information about the potential benefits of participation in RPG, you can view my 90 minute presentation video at Seattle Children's hospital from April 2015 for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association with a comprehensive overview of role-playing games, and more information about how role-playing games can be very beneficial to participants.
Here is additional information on the concept (including simulated photos):
The RPG Research Trailer -
The Two Bards Podcast Mention The RPG Research Trailer -
Early vision of the trailer -
Additional Trailer information -
If people could please help spread the word (and consider donating even a just a few dollars), it would be very much appreciated and really help toward making the RPG Trailer a reality that will benefit many people in under-served populations & locations. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read this, helping spread the word, and donating!
Here is a link to some examples of my Recreation Therapy adapted RPGs to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults, at-risk youth.
The RPG Trailer will make it much easier to provide role-playing games to a much broader geographic area and to under-served locations and populations. It will include a fully ADA compliant, wheelchair friendly bathroom (toilet, sink, & shower), an easy-access rear entrance ramp, an option for a lower ride-height to reduce the steepness of the angle of the ramp, flaps on each end of the ramp to smooth out rolling over it, easily removable table and flip-up couches (that can also double as flip-down beds),
This includes all forms of role-playing games: (tabletop, live-action (LARP), and computer-based)
For tabletop, the trailer will accommodate up to 6 participants in wheelchairs at a time, or up to 10 non-wheelchair players.
For LARPing, in addition to being able to haul a lot more LARP-related materials (they can quickly take up a lot of space), additional features can be added such as exterior lighting (for night sessions), exterior shower (cool off on the hot days), external awning to add extra space for setting up gear in the shade, and of course a toilet, shower, sink, fridge, etc. so that those lengthy LARP sessions at remote locations can still have "facilities" better than those nasty "honeybuckets" port-a-potties at some places.
For computer-based RPG, I have 4+ consoles (Wii, PS/2, etc), and several PCs that can allow for various targeted goals of guided video gaming for specific needs (TBI for example).
The funding goal is for the down payment and transportation costs of a portable office (trailer) that is fully wheelchair-accessible for participants. This trailer would completely replace the need for the office gaming rooms. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs.
email: rpgresearcher at gmail dot com
Cellphone/Text: (509) 481-5437
Founder & Primary Investigator for The RPG Research Project - http://rpgresearch.com
Founder & President of RPG Therapeutics LLC - http://rpgtherapeutics.com
Office & Mailing Address:
1312 N. Monroe, Suite #114