AR Accessibility for All, Including Neurodivergent

AR Accessibility for All, Including Neurodivergent

For many, augmented reality (AR) conjures images of movie holograms or video game characters leaping into our living rooms. Yet, AR transcends mere entertainment. This user-friendly technology enhances day-to-day life, offering greater engagement and accessibility for all, including those with neurodivergent conditions. AR accessibility extends beyond fun and games; it’s a gateway to a more inclusive world.

What is augmented reality?

Augmented reality is a technology that blends the natural world around you with digital information or images, creating a mixed reality where the virtual and real coexist. Imagine looking through your phone’s camera and seeing a dinosaur roaming your backyard or historical figures strolling around your city park. The best part? You don’t need fancy equipment—just your smartphone or tablet.

AR and Learning

Augmented reality can transform learning and interaction. For example, imagine learning about the early world explorers, but instead of just reading about it over a book, imagine you’re in the Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer best known for having planned and led the 1519 Spanish expedition to the East Indies across the Pacific Ocean to open a maritime trade route. Turning the abstract into something tangible would be incredibly useful for people who have autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. For instance, instead of learning about the solar system from a textbook, you can watch planets orbit around your room. This visual and interactive approach can make learning more captivating and easier to understand.

Making the World More Accessible

Many people can become overwhelmed by the daily tasks they’ve committed themselves to. However, augmented reality could provide apps that give people visual clues and step-by-step instructions to finish daily tasks. Something once considered overwhelming has become manageable—perhaps even an adventure.

What if an app could assist somebody and guide them through Grand Central Station with calming visuals to help them bypass the information boards that define which track to get to? Instead, the app would provide all that information and move them through the station, onto the tracks, and into their seats. 

A Tool for Connection

Social interactions can sometimes feel like a puzzle, but AR is working on solutions for that, too. Through games and shared experiences, AR provides common ground for everyone, including neurodivergent individuals, to connect and engage in fun, stress-free ways. These shared digital adventures can foster understanding and friendship in a sometimes isolating world.

Looking Forward

As AR advances, so do the possibilities for making our world more inclusive and exciting for everyone. By embracing AR, we’re not just welcoming a future of cool tech—we’re opening doors to a world where learning, understanding, and connecting are accessible and enjoyable for all, regardless of how our brains are wired. So, let’s dive into the augmented world together, where everyone has a seat at the table and the possibilities are as limitless as our imagination. Hi there! Welcome to the exciting world of augmented reality (AR)! Suppose you’ve ever watched a movie where the characters interact with holograms or played a video game where virtual creatures come to life in your living room. In that case, you’ve already experienced AR. But did you know that AR isn’t just for entertainment? It’s a friendly technology that makes everyday life more engaging and accessible, especially for individuals with neurodivergent diagnoses.


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