Tuesday, November 8, 2016

IDRAC Displays on Healthinfo Island

Healthinfo Island is directly west of Virtual Ability island. It houses several facilities related to health and wellness, including displays and exhibits on topics about health and wellness. During Virtual Ability conferences, displays and exhibits provide additional information on topics related to the conference theme.

The theme of the 2016 International Disability Rights Affirmation Conference is “We’re Part of the Community.” Conference attendees will have an opportunity to learn from series of posters in addition to hearing from the presenters. Virtual Ability member Mook Wheeler has created several educational displays and exhibits.

“The L’Arche Story” is a collection of 20 posters explaining the history and mission of L’Arche. Begun in France, l’Arche creates intentional communities worldwide where people with intellectual disabilities live and work alongside other people and share in the community responsibilities. You can learn more about L’Arche here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/199/156/23

Twenty posters tell “The History of the Independent Living Movement.” Ed Roberts is considered the father of the independent living movement in the US, but it is now a worldwide effort to support people with disabilities as they participate in all aspects of the communities in which they are located. This display is found here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/193/184/25

“Why is Community Important to People With Disabilities?” is the topic of a third display. The L’Arche communities exemplify community living for people with intellectual disabilities, and the Independent Living Movement was begun to promote inclusion of persons with severe physical disabilities. Why is inclusion of all persons with any type of disability important to the overall health of a community? Find out here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/173/153/22

Mook also created a smaller exhibit on the topic: “The Role of Organizations for People With Disabilities.” Read about Disabled Peoples’ International, the first international cross-disability organization, and find out about the many roles played by disabled peoples’ organizations at all levels, including in Second Life. This display is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/50/27/28

An exhibit above the lake on Healthinfo Island contains a poster set that addresses the question: “What Do You Call People With Disabilities?” It discusses what is known as People First Language. Find the answer to that question here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Healthinfo%20Island/22/58/32

Additional poster sets will be appearing as we move toward the opening of IDRAC 2016 at 8:00am SLT (US Pacific Standard Time) on Friday, November 18. Be watching for them!

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