Virtual World Offers New Approach To Tackling Autism
Socialization is often a struggle for those with autism. Now, one adult on the spectrum is turning to the virtual world in the hopes of helping others like himself learn to cope.
Marcus Morris, 32, spent years facing rejection, going through some 68 jobs in a decade. He finally found refuge in Second Life, an online world where he could socialize with other players without relying on face-to-face interactions.
Now, Morris is looking to offer the same confidence boost to others with autism. He’s launching a nonprofit called Guardian Spirit which will offer adults with autism vocational training and therapy utilizing a unique virtual world that Morris has designed.
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Participants in the new program will be able to learn skills ranging from personal hygiene to interviewing for a job via a computer interface under the guidance of therapists, reports the Billings (Mont.) Gazette. To read more click here.