EVA Park is a multi-user online virtual world that gives people with aphasia unique opportunities to practise their speech and establish social connections. It contains various virtual locations including shops, restaurants, a hairdressers, houses, a bar and disco. Users are represented by personalised avatars and communicate by talking to each other.
EVA Park in action
EVA Park was created by the EVA project at City University London via a process of co-design involving usability experts, speech and language therapy researchers and consultants with aphasia. A study involving 20 people with aphasia showed that using EVA Park led to an improvement in functional communication.
In the summer of 2016 Nick started working on the EVA Park project to create an operational product to be launched in november of this year.