Focus: Communications - Site Visit - www.sensoryworld.org

Tony Hodson

Elizabeth FitzRoy Support is a national organisation that aims to help people with learning disabilities live their lives the way they choose to. The charity describes Sensory World, which it launched last month, as "a virtual interactive house filled with activities to stimulate learning and promote choice".

Main pages

"Hello, welcome to Sensory World," says the pleasant-sounding man when you visit this specialised site. "Click 'enter' and come inside." Those who take his advice won't be disappointed. The site looks splendid.

Sensory World features three 'rooms' that might just be invaluable for many of those in its target audience. The kitchen provides practical tips on hygiene and nutrition, the music room gives an introduction to instruments and genres, and the sensory room offers an insight into interior design.

The rooms represent very different but equally relevant and enjoyable activities. Alongside the rooms is a simplified money manager, which helps users to plan their weekly budgets.

Those operating the site without sound will miss out on much of what it has to offer (not just the pleasant-sounding man), but this shouldn't detract from a most impressive resource.

Special features

The site is one big special feature - an extension of Elizabeth FitzRoy Support's regular online presence. Interactivity is the order of the day, so the selection of eCards on the site is a nice way for visitors to introduce other potential users to Sensory World.

Elizabeth FitzRoy Support says:

"We created Sensory World in consultation with our service users to provide a new, relevant and stimulating place for people with learning difficulties to explore. It has wide appeal and is a place for people to express themselves, communicate, learn skills and have fun."

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