Sunday, August 10, 2008

VIRTUAL ABILITY ISLAND GRAND OPENING! Chronic Diseases, Disability & Accessibility

Please help us spread the word: VIRTUAL ABILITY ISLAND GRAND OPENING! Join us on Saturday, August 16th at 1 PM SLT to celebrate the Grand Opening of Virtual Ability Island. The island was developed with a new resident orientation center, advanced tutorials, and training facilities for individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions. The entire island is accessibility-friendly for new and experienced residents and will provide ongoing classes for people who want to search for and evaluate health information. Funding came through an initial grant from the National Library of Medicine to the Alliance Library System and is sustained by the generosity of individual contributors to Virtual Ability, Inc. We are excited to present this important resource to members of the Second Life community! Location: Virtual Ability Island http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/128/128/23 Contact Carolina Keats or Eme Capalini, inworld, for more information. -- Related Links: Related project: Share the Health: Training People with Disabilities and Chronic Medical Conditions on how to Locate Quality Health Information Virtual Ability, Inc. (VAI) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Alliance Library System (ALS). This partnership will develop a new island with an orientation, training, and consumer health information center for people with disabilities and chronic illness. The new facilities will expand VAI's services in Second Life beyond its current presence as "The Heron Sanctuary," which provides a community of support for people with disabilities. ALS will provide funding to the partnership based on its receipt of a grant called Share the Health: Training People with Disabilities and Chronic Medical Conditions on how to Locate Quality Health Information from the Greater Midwest Region/National Library of Medicine. This grant is intended to provide consumer health information to people with disabilities and chronic illness in Second Life. For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., please see www.VirtualAbility.org or contact Alice Krueger at akrueger@virtualability.org or in Second Life as Gentle Heron. For more information on the Alliance Library System, please see www.alliancelibrarysystem.com or contact Lori Bell at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com or in Second Life as Lorelei Junot. For more information on the Greater Midwest Region/National Library of Medicine, please see http://nnlm.gov/gmr/.
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