Microsoft uses virtual reality to help inspire kids with autism

Microsoft UK recently hosted a workshop that used virtual reality to help kids with autism prepare to enter work environments. The company invited 22 kids between the ages of seven and 19 to a workshop where they were able to try their hands at programming and immerse themselves in virtual reality, including with the HTC Vive and cardboard VISR headsets with Windows 10 Mobile phones.

From Microsoft UK:

Using the handsets, the youngsters created objects such as trees and benches in the virtual world, while beehives emitted bees that flew at them and cherry blossom blew off trees and swirled around them.

Members of the group were also able to upload drawings that they had created into their virtual worlds. Microsoft UK worked with Dennis Publishing and autism charity CASPA to put on the event.

Microsoft hopes that the event will inspire children affected by autism to learn about computing, while educating the public about the potential of more diverse workplaces across the UK.

Joseph Keller