We began this trip with a trip to 3DLES grid. The visit had a bit of a slow start, as the grid tried to digest our many HG germs. This scenario is exactly why we begin our trips at the clubhouse, not at the first destination, because it gives us a place to sit around and chat while we waited for our heroic host to get the server back online. And yes, that is a penguin. Dabici Straulino is back inworld, working on a winter Creanovale build.
Aime Socrates: many hunters for this safari tonight !
Thirza Ember: while we're waiting, who knows what Aphasia is?
Tosha Tyran: aphasia is asia with pha
Selby Evans: Aphasia is an inability to comprehend and formulate language because of damage to specific brain regions  This damage is typically caused by a cerebral vascular accident (stroke), or head trauma, however these are not the only possible causes To be diagnosed with aphasia, a person's speech or language must be significantly impaired in one (or several) of the four communication modalities following acquired brain injury or have significant decline over a short time period (progressive aphasia) The four communication modalities are auditory comprehension, verbal expression, reading and writing, and functional communication - wikipedia
Tosha Tyran: oh I like my interpretation better but thanks, selby :)
|The elegant welcome region on 3DLES, with the meeting area visible in the background|
There had never before been quite so many people for so many grids on 3DLES, and Nick was apologetic to us for the hiccup... but it's something we've all learned to live with.
|Nick Zwart ad the 20+ visitors to 3DLES|
Jessie Campbell: yeah we are real good with that
Phred Resident: why is it better after a reboot?
Nick Zwart: I closed the other island
Phred Resident: ah, i see Opensim doesn't do load shedding well it seems
Nick Zwart: the participants stay in the project for about 4 months
Jessie Campbell: and how are the results?
Nick Zwart: it is still research. The first tests were very positive, you can read all about that on evapark co uk
Cheops Forlife7: ok it works here too thanks the use of the avatars
snowbody cortes: What is the average age of the people with Aphasia, Nick?
Nick Zwart: It's above 40. they work with voice chat At first they worked with Freeswitch voice but we now use Vivox voice, like in Second Life and on most OpenSim grids. Not all participants could communicate via text chat so we created a HUD with some buttons that they could use to express themselves.
George Equus: Good way to remove shyness I imagine, getting ppl to connect again with others,
Nick Zwart: now comes the interesting part for me.Because of the research aspect of this project we had to find a way to log the activities of the participants. So we scripted every chair, animal, bench, and many more objects to send information about WHO clicked WHAT, WHERE and WHEN, to an external database. The data can be displayed per person, here you see a list with the date, time, what he did (Event), where he did it and the location. The data can even be displayed on a real time map so you can see the movements of this person...this is done by html5.
Nick Zwart: EVA Park was even recognised in the 2016 NT100 – Nominet Trust’s annual celebration of the people and organisations using digital technology to change the world for the better, and they got extra funding for that.
Sunshine Szavanna: ah congrats :)
Xirana Oximoxi: bravo!!
Nick Zwart: So in 2017, starting this summer, we updated the project by creating a second island, which is an exact copy, especially for groups to work on . During this part of the project, four support groups, each involving 8 people with aphasia, will run for 6 months in EVA Park. The groups will be led by local co-ordinators and volunteers, supervised by the EVA Park team . They will follow a planned programme of activities which are designed to foster relationships between the participants, and help build optimism and resilience The third island is recently created for pioneering.
|Party zone on Eva Park region|
It was a fight to get to see this presentation, but I don't think a single one of us regretted making the effort, or were not inspired by the story of courage and resilience of these aphasia patients, the hard work of their therapists, and the enthusiasm and tech skills of Nick Zwart.
Beth Ghostraven: thank you, Nick!
Selby Evans: Great work
Spike Sol: Thank you
Wizardoz Chrome: Great initiative
Phred Resident: Ă● P● P●Ł●Ă●Ŭ● Ŝ● Ё●
Phred Resident: presses button repeatedly
3DLES meeting zone edugrid.3dles.com:8002
Eva Park [visitable region] edugrid.3dles.com:8002:eva park