MRC (Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission) is promoting a pilot program with many tech partners which will bring VR into vocational recovery training for people with disabilities.
The program is named Project (VR)² and will pair the expertise of Bodyswaps, Link To VR, Cleanbox Technology, and Viability Inc. to give a safe alternative to virtually enhance job interview skills. The use of VR in training has gained momentum in the emergency medical services area, with its potential being further examined for specialized training. Its value in assisting disabled people is also becoming more visible.
As per Kristin Rotas, program director for Viability, the program was born out of the covid pandemic. The transformation to virtual learning and extensive use of video conferencing platforms are taking a toll on the overall program engagement.
The funds provided by MRC are used to buy Oculus Quest 2 headsets to improve job readiness training and 30 iPads to build an alternative option.
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