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Innovative VR Project Launched to Enhance Urban Mobility for People with Disabilities

Innovative VR Project Launched to Enhance Urban Mobility for People with Disabilities
photo: Alstom / Public domain/Alstom's "Virtual Reality for Inclusion" project
13 / 05 / 2024

The Alstom Foundation, in partnership with the Instituto Jô Clemente, has launched a pioneering initiative aimed at enhancing urban mobility for people with disabilities, including those with intellectual disabilities, rare diseases, and autism spectrum disorder.

The "Virtual Reality for Inclusion" project harnesses virtual reality (VR) technology to simulate real-world environments, enabling participants to develop crucial navigation skills for more accessible and safer urban living.

Hosted at the Instituto Jô Clemente headquarters in São Paulo's Vila Clementino neighborhood, this initiative will use immersive VR to offer participants hands-on practice in overcoming common urban mobility challenges. The program is specially designed to help learners understand and navigate public transportation systems, offering scenarios that range from identifying train routes to the actual processes of boarding and alighting.

By integrating visual and auditory instructional tools, the project aims to facilitate a deeper understanding and interaction for users, ultimately boosting their confidence and independence in real-life settings.

Anne-Cecile Barbier, CSR Director & General Secretary of the Alstom Foundation, emphasized the project’s alignment with Alstom’s commitment to inclusion and mobility accessibility.

"The main goal is to encourage people who we attend through Professional Inclusion service. This is going to prepare 900 people for the real world and empower them so that they feel comfortable and can navigate the city,” added Daniela Mendes, Chief Executive Officer at Instituto Jô Clemente (IJC).