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A virtual reality wellness day happened at Veracity Vrcade, where St. John Fisher students worked with those with disabilities on activities that helped development in mental health.  

Flying in a new world; an opportunity like no other for Kaylee Poormon, who lives with a disability. “It feels real,” said Poormon, “But you’re on solid ground as well.” 

Virtual reality is now being used to help development with those on the autism spectrum to those with PTSD. Gina Rodi is a Sophomore graduate student at St. John Fisher and says this integrates technology and therapy. “The video games can give you a space to feel safe and explore your fears,” said Rodi.  

Professor Rob Rice, Ph.D. Associate professor of mental health counseling at St. John Fisher says this is a learning opportunity for his students to show how technology can help improve their patient’s mental health.  

 Rice also says this can be used to lessen certain fears, like that of heights or spiders. It is a learning process that can help distract from chronic pain, help a stroke victim, or learn explore another world. 

 “It gives you something else for your mind to focus on,” said Rodi. 

Veracity VRcade has six virtual-reality stations and works with many different medical fields as well as remains open the public.  

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