Innovation for Independence

I Scape

Publish date:
16/01/2015 - 2:43pm
Last updated:
16/01/2015 - 2:43pm

I Scape is a virtual landscape of a person’s inner strength, resilience, resourcefulness and vulnerabilities. It enables sharing of inner characteristics with others by translating them directly into a virtual 3D landscape. I Scape is an image-based dialogue tool for people with disabilities to help them to communicate when accessing the work or the training, or support service environment. Employers, teachers, health and social care professionals, can walk around in the 3D space created; even take a seat in this virtual inner-world, to fully understand the view. This project will develop technology to meet the wide range of needs of people who face barriers across a spectrum of disabilities. This may involve using a range of different media and interactive techniques adapting the technology interface and support accessibility. For example, painting, motor activated or magnetic technology may be used to replace the traditional questionnaire. I Scape makes inner-reality sharable. Everyday experience of managing with disability can leads to developing intense emotional resilience, efficient creative strategies and resourcefulness. I Scape is a practical, meaningful, powerful tool. It is unique in enabling disabled people to demonstrate their strengths and areas of need in order to self-support, seek-support, combat-prejudice and access life opportunities.

Insight & Impact

IMPACT- I Scape will enable people with disabilities to: • Reflect and self-coach towards positive, healthy behaviour • Understand when and what support to seek from others I Scape will enable professionals to: • Proactively support disabled people to help themselves and access help • Overcome their barriers to understanding the experience of disability INSIGHT- Jazz Rasool will lead project development, a computing technology innovator, he has a long experience of life coaching and eastern and western cultural approaches to mindfulness and self-development. Jazz also teaches and lectures on how the principle of resonance applies to empowerment ad community creativity and how these lead to literacy in collaboration skills. Based on these mindsets he has conceived and developed a system to model inner psychological landscapes and produced prototype software with EU funding. Simon Minty, will lead on consulting around adapting the technology for support for disability. ‘There are many networks already for disabled people be it impairment specific or topic related but there isn’t something that assesses their current mood set, allows for the variety of impairments and the effect how best to use their energy.’

Skills needed for this project

  • • Leadership from a large disability group representing people with a broad range of needs, and able to access and support a wide range of participants for product testing, trials and development.