Virtual reality (VR) has shown potential to assist in a range of health and wellness initiatives, having shown benefit for anxiety, PTSD, and intellectual disabilities. With Evenness, the world’s first Virtual Sensory room, VR also has the potential to revolutionize the implementation of sensory rooms. The technology overcomes many limitations of physical spaces, allowing users to access at their leisure in a range of environments, and offering new potential to customize the experience.
Devika has supported a scientific study of Evenness with an aim to understand the benefits to users with special needs and their carers. With assistance of leading Occupational Therapy clinical academics from Western Sydney University, this study has collected data from over 30 participants organized by The Disability Trust with a wide range of conditions.
Preliminary results have shown that Evenness is generally broadly accepted and desired, with many participants returning to use months after the first experience. Our target is to showcase that Evenness can improve the health and wellbeing for users with special needs, particularly to relieve user stress and anxiety.
We are continuing the research to collect user and carer insights over multiple time points to explicitly investigate impacts of continued usage. We aim to present findings to the community and set the stage for engagement for years to come!
The Disability Trust - Self-advocacy group
“It helps me to be calm, and with my mental health. I found that it was awesome.”
“For me, all my troubles seem to go away and I seem to be more happier.”
The Disability Trust - Day Options participant
Eric has a physical sensory room at home, but much prefers the Virtual Reality Sensory Room at The Disability Trusts’ Wattle Place day options program.