Why Virtual Reality Could Be A Game Changer For The Disabled

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“It has been in the hands of so few people, that we don’t know what the truth is yet.”

Anyone who attended the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco could be forgiven for thinking that virtual reality was the only game in town. Virtual reality-centered talks, demonstrations and discussions dovetailed with an expo floor filled with major brands that are convinced that virtual reality’s future is incredibly bright.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.