If your service member is suffering from physical or cognitive injuries sustained during their military duty, understanding design principles and assistive technology for your home may increase your wounded warrior’s ability to remain living in the home.
eXtension Family Caregiving offers a 3D virtual world demonstration home, illustrating design and technology features known as The LiveAbility House. The LiveAbility House was built in Second Life®–a free, internet-based virtual world environment. The house uses universal design features and assistive technology to show how homes can be built and adapted as people age or for people with disabilities.
This educational learning environment allows you, the military family caregiver, to tour the home and learn about different home modifications and design features. Participants are provided with learning objectives, information and have the opportunity to participate in learning activities. For example, if a participant clicks on a particular feature or device, the virtual world environment provides them with the name, description and a photograph of the item.
The LiveAbility House was created by Kansas State University and North Carolina State University and built in Second Life®.
Author: Rachel Brauner