Virtual reality helps those with disabilities train for jobs

- People with disabilities arguably have the most difficult time finding jobs, but some are getting help thanks to a new training program with an innovative approach. 

Morgan Dye is one of the students training in the world of virtual reality at the USF Rehabilitation Engineering Department. Morgan also has autism.

"It's quite interesting, the way it is set up. It's hard at times but I will get used to it," she told FOX 13 after wearing a special set of virtual reality headgear designed to take her through real-world scenarios.

The training is called Vocational Explorations - a new public-private partnership providing internships for special education students. 

The internships are funded by a state agency called Vocational Rehabilitation, which reimburses employers who hire high school students with disabilities. Those students get practical, hands-on experience for work and daily life. 

"Some of them might not interview well so they need an opportunity to get into the door to prove what they can do," explained John Ficca of Vocational Explorations.

Through the training, Morgan is learning valuable lessons for her future job, and for her life.

"It's like you learn to love yourself not hate yourself," she said.

Morgan is now making the most out of her opportunity to grow and prosper. To learn more about the program, visit www.handsoneducation.net.

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