"They also need to feel equal access to developing technological innovations. Metaverse proves that technology gives freedom for all."
Technological innovations such as Metaverse have evolved significantly. This evolution marks a new era for the convenience of technology users. The Metaverse concept is fascinating when users from any background can use it for specific needs. Metaverse contains many potential impacts on various aspects of life in society. Besides having entertainment and economic potential, Metaverse promises great inclusivity, especially for disabled people.
Breaking The Physical & Mobility Barrier (Disabled People)
Metaverse is an immersive collective virtual space that aligns boundaries between the real and digital worlds. By breaking down physical barriers rather than providing new pathways, Metaverse directly changes how disabled people experience the world. As we know, the biggest challenge for people with disabilities is they have limited daily mobility. Those limitations are irrelevant in Metaverse regarding its immersive characteristics.
The inclusive characteristics of Metaverse support the mobility of disabled people, be it hearing impairments, visual impairments, or movement limitations; the virtual world equalizes their position, enabling everyone to be involved on an equal basis. Metaverse is a technology platform that upholds egalitarianism. One example of a helpful Metaverse feature is 'Text-to-Speech'. This feature facilitates communication between deaf people. Additionally, Metaverse offers a plethora of opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in activities that were previously inaccessible.
Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies play an essential role in activating immersive experiences tailored to individual users' preferences and abilities. For example, someone with limited mobility can explore with a virtual avatar while interacting with other Metaverse users in a unique virtual world. Thus, access for persons with disabilities to primary needs can also be realized through various virtual spaces, including classrooms, workspaces, etc.
We Are All The Same
Metaverse presents an extraordinary opportunity to 'revive' the spirit of disabled people by providing an inclusive virtual world. Through innovative technology and careful design, Metaverse can push physical boundaries and offer new participation methods. As we move forward into this new era of digital interconnection, we must prioritize inclusivity and accessibility. We must also ensure that Metaverse becomes a transformative force for all levels of society.