R5. Development of a Return-to-Work Vocational Assessment Tool Using Virtual Reality Technology and Manipulation Interfaces - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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R5. Development of a Return-to-Work Vocational Assessment Tool Using Virtual Reality Technology and Manipulation Interfaces

Contact Information:

Ying-Chih (Inga) Wang, Ph.D, OT

inga-wang@northwestern.edu

Abstract:

As the field of rehabilitation shifts its focus towards capacity instead of disability, return to work and to the community emerge as key goals in a person’s recovery from major disabling illnesses such as stroke. Participation in employment not only is vital to a person's mental well-being but it can assist the disabled person in providing realistic financial support. Individuals who have returned to work have consistently reported feeling better and being more satisfied with life. In addition, successful employment in stroke survivors reduces burden of care, achieves the ultimate therapeutic goal of reestablishing normality in daily life, and overall, results in net savings to the exchequer from a cost-benefit standpoint.

In this project, we will take advantage of simple virtual reality (VR) technology with navigation and manipulation interfaces to provide an evaluation of stroke survivors’ job readiness. The VR assessment will provide assessment measuring a wide range of capacities across several critical domains and assess whether a stroke survivor’s ability matches with a job task within a particular context. The final products of this project will be low-cost, portable, and easy-to-use assessment tools that can assist vocational specialists to examine the likelihood of return-to-work of stroke survivors.

Virtual Reality Set Up

Virtual Reality Set Up

Virtual Office Environment

Virtual Office Environment