Evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people who have aphasia
EVA Park is a multi-user online virtual world that gives people with aphasia unique opportunities to practise their speech and establish social connections. It contains various virtual locations including shops, restaurants, a hairdressers, houses, a bar and disco. Users are represented by personalised avatars and communicate by talking to each other.
EVA Park was created by the EVA project at City University London via a process of co-design involving usability experts, speech and language therapy researchers and consultants with aphasia. A study involving 20 people with aphasia showed that using EVA Park led to an improvement in functional communication.
Tech4Good Awards 2015 EVA Park won the People’s Award in the Tech4Good Awards 2015 – thanks for all the wonderful support!
EVA Park Quotes from Users:
“Speech therapy. I got to practise speaking. We went to bench and talked.”
“Only yesterday, I found the… dive. You’re floating in the water. It’s brilliant!”
“I don’t know to describe but excitement because… talking… talking. I’m listening but the words not good but slowly by slowly… pronunciation… talking… laughing.”
“Tried them all. Sat on elephant. Swam on turtle. Dancing in Tardis”
Find out more on the EVA Park in Action page.