Quote: “…in virtual reality you can climb Everest, be an NFL player… most of us can’t do that.”
I don’t want my VR experience to be there as a gimmick just to use the Oculus Rift. It has to have some benefit to the viewer. Research shows that VR has helped various types of diabilities to interact in a world and experience worlds that would not be possible wthout VR headsets. For example learning to socialize, cross roads, live by themselves, use mobility even when they have none in the real world.
Viewing and experiencing the Seven Wonders of the World will be a way to escape to a place which they have probably heard of but unable to visit. For a little while they will feel part of a world where their disabilities can be forgotten.
Being deaf I think if VR technology was around when I was still at school it would have helped me immensely in immersing myself in environments that would visually allow me to understand history or geography without all the words attached. I might have enjoyed these subjects more and understand them better. Stories and fairytales can be shown in VR and understanding of these would definitely be easier.
Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset