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Virtual Ability and Health Info Islands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability and Health Info Islands, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of Designing Worlds – a visit to the a visit to Virtual Ability estate, a nonprofit that has created online community of support for people with physical, mental, sensory, developmental, and emotional disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers – is now on the web!

 

And a full transcript of the programme is available here.

We hear from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit  – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Supported Housing on Cape Heron, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Additional Website mentioned on the show:
Universal Design website — ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Welcome Area, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 23rd January, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams – for the first show in the new season, when we’ll be paying a visit to Virtual Ability.

We’ll be hearing from Gentle Heron, one of the three founders of Virtual Ability, how the Iasland – and the nonprofit  – came to be founded, and something of the design principles that underlie the islands, making them accessible to many kinds of disabilities. And we’ll be learning how they support new residents coming in to Second Life too.

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Ability Induction Course, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

We take a look at Health Island and explore the reading rooms, libraries and displays of various kinds – and above all the Path of Support that offers links the the myriad organisations that have a Second Life presence for a wide range of conditions.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Then we visit some of the residential islands that form a part of Virtual Ability, and meet some of the residents there who talk about their experiences, together with Stepinwolf Darkstone, the Cape Heron Apartments Manager.

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Art Gallery on Cape Able, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Finally, accompanied by Gentle Heron and Suellen Heartsong, we visit a fascinating – and very informative – research project that has been developed on Virtual Health Adventures with Virtual Ability supporting a research project on diabetic foot health – a really important issue for the growing number of people with diabetes.

It all makes for a really interesting start to our Designing Worlds season – so do join us to watch it at 2pm SLT.

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

If you want to find out more about Virtual Ability, you can visit the website here: http://www.virtualability.org/
Or visit Virtual Ability Island here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/127/138/23
Orientation Center: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/170/100/23
Consumer Health Library: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/109/128/24
Path of Support: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/150/66/23
Fenimore Art Museum: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cape%20Able/131/125/23
Diabetic Foot Health: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Health%20Adventures%20I/148/216/25

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Health Info Island, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Join us at 1pm SLT today, Tuesday 22nd November, for a special live recording of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as a specially invited panel comes together to discuss the future of Second Life.

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Saffia will be joined by Patch Linden, Linden Lab’s Senior Director of Product Operations; Jessica Lyon, the person behind the Firestorm browser and the Firestorm new users’ experience; Gentle Heron, of the nonprofit Virtual Ability; Jo Yardley of 1920s Berlin; and Cain Maven of Maven Homes and Quantum Luxury Homes, who was one of the organisers of this year’s Home and Garden Expo.

We’ll be talking about the recent innovations in Second Life, how we can move forward – and what innovations residents would like to see. There will be a space for questions from the audience too.

So please come and join us at 1pm SLT … and be part of the discussion too!

Note: This is a show about Second Life; we will not be discussing Sansar, and the panel won’t be taking questions about Sansar.

This recording will be shown as part of the Designing Worlds season on Monday 5th December.

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Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join Designing Worlds at 2pm today, Monday 9th November at our studio in Garden of Dreams, as we visit a fascinating academic project in Second Life – that is offering very practical help to a disadvantaged community – people who have undergone a real life amputation of at least one upper or lower limb.

The project is assessing the effectiveness of delivering healthcare through a virtual world environment by working with amputees  to explore ways of best helping them adjust to the changes in their lives, and working with prosthetic limbs.  The project in the real world and in Second Life is led by Dr Sandra Winkler at the Nova Southeastern University, and  is funded by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality  Grant, in association with the Veterans Agency and Virtual Ability, a nonprofit based within Second Life.

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Dr Winkler, together with Jim, who is one of the amputees who has been a client on the program, and Eme Capalini, who is the chief builder on the two Virtual Health Adventures islands, give us a guided tour of the islands, and an insight into how the project has worked.  The data is not yet final, but we discuss some of the anecdotal evidence that has emerged.

You can learn more about this project on their website, and on their new You Tube channel, or visit the main island here (the second island is private and used for research).

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It is going to be a great show, so make sure you join us, at 2pm today!

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist or on Treet – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds, on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Designing Worlds blog.

Virtual Health Adventures. photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Virtual Health Adventures, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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