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Can Virtual Reality Benefit People with Disabilities?


As you grow older, we're all learning the importance of movement. People who keep moving live longer and are inherently more healthy. It's important to recognize it's not just important to keep your body moving, but your mind as well.


That's where virtual reality steps in. Virtual reality is evolving rapidly. There are many applications being developed for virtual reality.


You can visit places you've never gone to before, but couldn't afford to go. It's as simple as placing a headset on, sit back, and enjoy. You can visit Niagra Falls, the Eiffel Tower, and climb Macchu Picchu in Peru.


If travelling isn't your thing, you can learn things you've always wanted to learn about without having to pay for a huge university bill and relocating to another geographic location. It's as simple as placing a headset on. Sit in a community room and learn about astronomy and space travel from a professor who has worked with the brightest minds of this century. Learn about landscaping and gardening; how to grow more with less. Learn to dance!


Maybe traveling and learning isn't your thing. You just want to experience what it's like to be somebody else for a while or do what they do. Want to feel what it's like to be in a race car moving at 180mph? How about climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world? What about scuba diving in the Maldives? You can do that!


Virtual reality can help people with disabilities by allowing them to reclaim their independence. Those who have had strokes can learn to drive again. This, in addition to a vehicle made accessible to accommodate your particular disability can help you achieve this.


Virtual reality can help those who experience over-stimulation learn to adapt to social communities again. You can become accustomed to being around noise and people again at your own pace, without being embarassed. Online gaming allows you to re-develop your social skills along with your eye-hand coordination again without humiliation. There are applications that are developed to work with people who experience anxiety and even those on the autistic spectrum.


Virtual doesn't mean fake or fantasy. Virtual doesn't just mean allowing you the ability to move, learn, and develop new skills, but can help you re-develop those skills you once had, helping you to recapture your life and regain your dignity again.

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