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    • Mobility in a Virtual World: living virtually
      Marilyn Zamarripa
    • Background
      Research Project and Methodology
      Results
      Conclusions
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Mobility-Impaired often isolated from society
      Nature or limitation of disability
      Public knowledge of how to approach or interact
      Consequences
      Depression
      Lack of information
      Lack of social contact
      Internet and social networks have opened new possibilities
      What about Virtual Worlds?
      Increasing research on the VWs and the disabled but not specifically on the mobility-impaired
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Research Project 5/09 - 5/10 - Second Life
      Virtual Worlds and People with Mobility Impairment:
      Are there social and information benefits to participating in a Virtual World?
      What are the barriers?
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Mobility in a Virtual World
      Definition: Mobility-Impaired
      Impairment that affects coordination and movement or physical stamina.
      Includes lower body impairments that may require the use of a cane, a walker, or a wheelchair.
      Includes upper body impairments that may result in limited or no use of the hands.
    • Research Questions
      Community elements
      Activities and satisfaction
      Benefits
      Barriers
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Mobility in a Virtual World
      Research Groups in Second Life
      Virtual Ability – large well established community
      The Hope Village – small, newer community
      Research Methods
      One year participation
      Survey
      Interview
      Primary Criteria
      Mobility-Impaired
    • Demographics
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Mobility in a Virtual World
      Other disability conditions
    • Sense of Virtual Community
      Feelings about a community and the people – a feeling of belonging and shared interest
      Anita Blanchard Developing a Sense of Virtual Community Measure
      Julie Hersberger, Adam Murray and Kevin Rioux4-tier framework Examining information exchange and virtual communities: an emergent framework
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Four- Tier Framework
      Tier 1
      Membership
      Influence
      Integration and fulfillment of needs
      Shared emotional connections
      Tier 2
      Social networking
      Tier 3
      Information exchange
      Tier 4
      Information acquiring and sharing
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Findings
      What the respondents said
    • Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Activities and satisfaction
      Field trips
      New places, activities and experiences
      Informal get-togethers and dances
      Socialization and fun
      Meetings, lectures and classes
      Learning new skills and information
      Mentoring
      Helping, making someone’s day better
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Benefits of Virtual Worlds and membership in a virtual disability community
      Increased socialization
      Increased self esteem
      Ability to obtain information from people in similar situations
      Lectures
      Presentations
      Group chat
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Benefits in VW often lead to benefits in AW
      Feel less alone
      Increased confidence
      Rehabilitation tool
      Recognized by medical profession
      Better able to focus
      Improved ability to think and talk
      Learning new skill especially computer skills
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Barriers faced
      Second Life technology
      Steep learning curve
      Fine motor limitations – keyboard manipulation
      Moving objects
      Camera control
      Challenge and fatigue of typing
      Social anxiety
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Conclusions
      The big “so what”
    • Sense of Virtual Community (SOVC)
      Community elements found in Virtual Ability & The Hope Village
      A community does not exist just by merelythe existence of a group
      Social processes and behaviors must be present
      Chat sessions and activities
      Providing support for each other
      Information sharing
      Develop and maintain group norms
      Leadership supporting chat and activities
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • While the Internet can provide the information people with a mobility impairment may need and
      Social networks and blogs can help them connect with people
      The three-dimensional environment of a Virtual World such as Second Life can do much more to enrich their lives and enhance their self esteem and mental well-being.
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Virtual Worlds such as Second Life provide the opportunity and capability to ACTUALLY DO THINGS.
      Walk the streets of New York and Paris
      Visit an Egyptian tomb
      Fly over a city
      Scuba dive in the ocean
      Learn to paint a picture
      Not exactly the same, but close enough, they have the feeling of being there.
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Virtual Worlds provide the opportunity for:
      Meeting and talking to people
      May be only form of adult conversation
      Socialization
      Life long friendships
      Control over their environment
      Learning new skills
      Feeling less isolated
      Mobility in a Virtual World
    • Mobility in a Virtual World
      Why was this project important?
      The potential to bring an entirely new world to people with mobility impairments.
    • Questions
      Mobility in a Virtual World: living virtually