Design Interactive Inc has received an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EaGER) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore the use of virtual reality in children with cerebral palsy.

Orlando-based Design Interactive, together with Florida Institute of Technology, BlueOrb Inc, and the Conductive Education Center of Orlando, will investigate interactive virtual reality and game-based technologies to help children with cerebral palsy improve their physical abilities.

Dr Brent Winslow, DI’s chief scientist, notes in a media release that he is “honored to be funded under the NSF’s prestigious EaGER grant to develop tools to improve physical coordination and performance for children with cerebral palsy – the most common pediatric motor disorder.”

“While conductive education has demonstrated great results for thousands of people across the globe, this research will allow us to illustrate this in an objective and quantifiable way. This project has far reaching implications for policy, practice and sustainability in regard to innovations in health care and education for persons with motor disabilities,” adds Rosene Johnson, executive director of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando, in the release.

[Source(s): Design Interactive Inc, PR Newswire]