Perspective change: develop sympathy towards disabled people.

Pete Armstrong

Perspective change: develop sympathy towards disabled people.
Perspective change: develop sympathy towards disabled people.
Perspective change: develop sympathy towards disabled people.
Perspective change: develop sympathy towards disabled people.

The Rusk Center provides disabled children with physical rehabilitation. But the Center sees that this population also needs social rehabilitation. They are ostracized in the mainstream classrooms.

Able-bodied children who see wheelchair-bound classmates as victims learn to see them as as capable – facing and surmounting tough challenges every day.

Players assume the role of Pete Armstrong, a pre-adolescent boy who navigates the terrain with his off-road sports style wheel chair to gather apples. Moving around the world is not impossible, but a challenge to overcome.

Pre- and post-testing, with experts from the University of Virginia using a standard instrument, demonstrates a marked reduction in the player’s negative feelings toward the disabled. Analysis shows that this is far stronger among girls and varies negatively with self-reported videogame exposure.