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Students create sensory room to bring beach, ballpark to those with disabilities

May 23, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
sensory_room.jpgA sense of reality

New projects bring beach, ballpark to those with disabilities

May 21, 2012 - AMESBURY
via ISPR -- The noise inside Coastal Connections' Lower Millyard facility can be loud at times with all the activities happening at once.

The open space at the nonprofit school in Amesbury bustles with energy as students with an array of disabilities work together with staff on different exercises and games.

Sometimes, the students just need a quiet space.

Enter the sensory room.

Thanks to a group of soon-to-be engineering graduates from UMass Lowell, an empty room furnished with only a chair and bare walls can now be a beach, a forest, an aquarium, a coffee shop, a boat or even McDonald's.

"Our project is a virtual reality sensory room," said Bonie Rosario Jr., one of five students at UMass Lowell who worked on the project.

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