When I asked whatever happened to Motorati (the Pontiac sims) a while ago, I got told it was baptised ‘Motorability’ and handed over to the United Spinal Association. Wondering what the hell cars had to do with spinal cord injuries - except for causing them - I did not really see the link.
Reading the article on Jody DeVere’s blog made it all a bit more clear:
Major sponsor and coordinating efforts by the car culture community on United Spinal’s Motorability Island is Jody DeVere ( aka Avatar Patty Streeter in Second Life), President of AskPatty.com – Automotive Advice for Women and a member of the board of directors for United Spinal Association.
DeVere’s son Joseph was involved in a tragic car accident in 2005 which resulted in paraplegia. This event created a big passion in her to help provide non-traditional recreational and quality of life programs for disabled Americans.
Yesterday Amanda Shinji offered me a teleport to the island when the big launch - it’s officially live and open now - was in progress.
Upon arriving, I felt instantly sorry for the slowly rezzing guy in the wheelchair - UnitedSpinalDonation Lane, sitting all by himself in the corner. I thought ‘Hey, let’s make new friends.’ and IM’d him. He was rather busy with tons of IM’s, so I guess I was the one being pathetic. Especially as after offering me some wheel chairs, he left me on my own to figure out how to use them. My apologies to all the people me and my wheelchair bumped in to! Driving stuff in Second Life isn’t as easy as it looks.
To visit the Motorability initiative’s homepage, go to motorability.com. I’m definitely going to explore their knowledge center soon. And I wonder if they have cars that allow you to drive your wheelchair in them and then ride them.