Developing amazing virtual reality experiences for those living with Motor Neurone Disease. MND is a progressive and debilitating disease for which there is no cure. For many people it can lead to total paralysis although they continue to be mentally alert. Virtual reality allows people to participate in activities which they would not be able to physically achieve at this most difficult time in their lives and thus create memories for them and their families.
MND (Motor Neurone Disease) is a progressive disease which is life shortening and for which there is no cure. MND impacts an individual's ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe, often resulting in complete paralysis. In most cases those living with the disease retain their mental agility, hearing, sense of taste and smell as well as ability to feel sensations. As a result they are limited in the physical activities they can enjoy and this can also adversely affect their mental health.
We are working with partners at Challenging MND to provide virtual reality equipment and develop a number of new high quality virtual experiences to be used by those living with MND including those in the advanced stages of the disease when their ability to participate in a physical experience may be very limited or have gone. Being able to enjoy amazing virtual reality experiences will improve the quality of life for those living with MND and create for them and their families lasting memories.
With an estimated 6 people diagnosed each day with MND, 1 in 300 of us is likely to be effected in our lives. In the UK there are 5,000 people living with MND at any one time. The need for and demand for experiences of the kind we are planning is going to continue to grow. Providing amazing virtual reality experiences will improve the quality of life, improve mental wellbeing. This will help create lasting memories for potentially hundreds of individuals living with MND and their families.