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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Ann Otoole InSL

Reported here yesterday: http://www.sluniverse.com/php/vb/general-sl-discussion/47158-second-life-avatars-give-disabled.html#post983482

Maggie Darwin (@MaggieL)

This is our local paper. Money quote: "It's too hard. I like Facebook better."

brinda allen

It makes me cry...damn it...we should be able to do better.

Nexus Burbclave

I'm not really sure where to start, but it might be worth seeing if we can get the folks at Inglis House in touch with the folks at virtual ability if they aren't already in contact. If anyone has the scoop on better interfaces for accessibility, virtual ability probably does.

James Corbett

What about the eye gaze control options for Second Life control? Systems like COGAIN Snap Clutch (http://www.cogain.org/wiki/Snap_Clutch) and EyeWriter (http://www.eyewriter.org/).

Arcadia Codesmith

For about $80, you can buy a kid's toy (Mattel Mindflex) that allows you to guide a ball through a maze using only a lightweight headset and the power of your mind.

Slap a USB on that puppy and let's roll. We've got an affordable mind-mouse.

Rowan Derryth

One of the very first articles I had the privilege of writing for the Prim Perfect blog was on Kasimir Deimatov, a quadraplegic who uses a laser device mounted on his computer to move - and build. He in fact one the novice builder of the last Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum build-off, with the assistance of his friend Jadyn Firehawk (founder of the Pixel 2 Pixel foundation that gives Linden $ grants to SL users with disabilities), who only helped because the competition time limit was a challenge.

These two met through Virtual Ability (see my charity news article in the last Prim Perfect issue for more info). While SL has a long way to go, there are certainly great strides - and amazing feats - being made right now.

You can read about Kasimir's experiences here: https://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3772&action=edit

FlipperPA Peregrine

I'm sure Inglis House wouldn't mind people reaching out to them. Back when I was in junior high and high school, we'd volunteer over there one evening per month; the staff has always been forward thinking, as demonstrated by the article.

I'm also wonder if the work Mitch Kapor was doing could be adapted to work with some configuration; for example, just working off facial motions instead of full body motions. For those unfamiliar, see here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t52gkAwJq8

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