Friday, October 7, 2011

2013 EDU: Virtual ability - Disabilities left behind

You aren't disabled in a virtual world
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Virtual Ability
"Virtual Ability helps enable people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds. About half of our group members have one or more kinds of disability (physical, mental, emotional, or sensory) or chronic illness; the other half are temporarily-able-bodied  family members, caregivers, professionals, researchers, students, and others interested in disability issues."

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Learning path
"During our specialized intake process, we provide new SL residents with a customized orientation and training at award-winning Virtual Ability Island. There, new residents can learn SL fundamentals in an accessibility-friendly environment, and existing residents can receive ongoing training and information about health-related issues and support groups."
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"Through the SL account signup process on our web site (www.VirtualAbility.org), new residents will arrive at the beginning of the New Resident Orientation Course on Virtual Ability Island when they log in to SL for the first time. If they need assistance during their first hours in SL, they can call on a member of the VAI Mentor group to come chat with them."
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You can fly from a wheelchair
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Free clothes
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"Once new members are in Second Life, Virtual Ability provides ongoing support and community as they integrate into SL society.  We offer our members: information, encouragement, training, companionship, referrals to other SL resources and groups, ways to contribute back to the community, and ways to have fun."
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Free stuff
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"In RL, Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in Colorado, USA.  We are the leading provider of services and information for people with disabilities in virtual worlds, and conduct outreach and awareness activities to inform people with disabilities or chronic health conditions, their family and friends, medical professionals, and other caregivers of the benefits virtual worlds can provide. "
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