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The Helen Keller Day in Second Life was launched at midnight 27th June 2009 PST by Simon Stephens (AKA Simon Walsh).

The event was organised by Virtual Helping Hands and a coalition of community volunteers in Second Life. Helen Keller Day is a community-event exploring how and why to employ, educate, entertain, and engage everyone through virtual worlds.

The Helen Keller Day is an event dedicated to raising the level of awareness of Second Life Residents who have disabilities.

There are several keynote speakers including Keller Johnson Thompson, the great grandniece of Helen and Linden Lab’s Education and Healthcare Developer, John Lester, AKA Pathfinder Linden. You will hear from experts in the fields of virtual education, employment, social engagement and entertainment. There will be building contests featuring skilled builders doing accessible builds before our virtual eyes. There will be a world premiere “movie” featuring “Max,” the virtual guide dog developed in Second Life for blind or visually impaired SL users.

Our presentation focused on accessible technological solutions for teaching in 3D virtual worlds based on our research, which has been supported by an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant. The programmer working with us on the project, Charles Morris (AKA Charles Mountain) is the co-founder of Virtual Helping Hands and a member of the team who developed the virtual guide dog.

Read more about our presentation from the news release and our 3D virtual learning project Website.

Denise Wood (AKA Denlee Wobbit) and Charles Morris (AKA Charles Mountain) presenting with Max the virtual guide dog

Denise Wood (AKA Denlee Wobbit) and Charles Morris (AKA Charles Mountain) presenting with Max the virtual guide dog

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