From U-T San Diego:
Tom Boellstorff, an anthropology professor at UC Irvine who wrote the 2008 book “Coming of Age in Second Life,” said virtual reality worlds are a great social and emotional outlet for disabled people who can no longer drive, leave their homes or perform their old jobs. “Almost all disabilities in Second Life are invisible,” said Boellstorff, who holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Stanford University. “That’s liberating for some people because they’re not being judged for the first time in many years. They’re not immediately equated with their disabilities.”
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