The Illawarra’ s first virtual reality sensory room for people with a disability was a hit with one and all on Thursday.
Many people who dropped by to officially open The Disability Trust's new North Wollongong facility couldn't help but check out the sensory room.
Evenness by Devika is the latest virtual reality hardware and sensory room software giving users with a disability a full virtual sensory experience without the need to purchase physical and traditional sensory room equipment
Club Trust Illawarra manager Gerald Farrugia said the experience has been well received by The Trust's participants so far.
"There is also scope to look further and collaborate in the academic space on the effectiveness of the virtual reality experience to that of a physical space," he said.
The virtual reality sensory room hardware was purchased thanks to a $10,000 grant through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
The new centre on Ralph Black Drive is also home to a number of school leaver programs, including Club Trust Day Options, School Leaver Employment Supports, as well as numerous social and community programs operated by The Disability Trust.
Disability Employment Services senior manager Diane Dimovski said the centre was helping to boost the confidence and capacity of young people with different abilities.
She added the School Leaver Employment Supports particularly focused on helping those who aspire to find paid work in open employment.