XR & Accessibility


Quick Access

Zotero Library

The accessibilities section of the Zotero library is an accumulation of various articles, papers, and other resources that have been collected by Studio X’s librarian. Link to Zotero

Important Links

XR Accessibility User Requirements – W3C
Designing Subtitles for 360 Content – Andy Brown and Jake Patterson, BBC
Accessibility, Disabilities, and Virtual Reality Solutions – Lorelle VanFossen, Educators in VR
XR Access – A community committed to making XR accessible to people with disabilities


XR Access

Link to Webpage
Education, Teaching, Research, Organization, Conferences, Resources

Accessibility Needs of Extended Reality Hardware: A Mixed Academic-Industry Reflection

Link to Article
Education, Hardware

Barriers to Supporting Accessible VR in Academic Libraries

Link to Article
Education, Libraries

XR Accessibility Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Link to Article
Education, Survey, Libraries

DLFteach Toolkit: Lesson Plans on Immersive Pedagogy

Link to Toolkit
Education, Libraries, Teaching

Exploring Virtual Reality Through the Lens of Disability

Link to Article
Education. Teaching Resource

Design, UI/UX

Designing XR for Accessibility and Inclusion

Link to Article
Design, UI/UX 

An Accessible Future – XR: Considerations for Virtual, Mixed, and Augmented Reality

Link to Article
UI/UX, Metaverse, Conferences

Why VR/AR Developers Should Prioritize Accessibility in UX/UI Design

Link to Article
UI/UX, Development, Inclusive Design, Accessibility Setting

Computers Helping People with Special Needs

Link to Resource
Conference, Resource

Unity UI Accessibility Plugin

Link to Store
Development, UX/UI 


Introducing the Accessibility VRCs

Link to Article
Developers, Oculus, Game Development

Initiative aims to make virtual, augmented, and mixed reality accessible

Link to Article

W3C Accessibility User Requirements

Link to W3C
Development, UI/UX

XRA’s Developer Guide: Accessibility & Inclusive Design in Immersive Experiences

Link to Guide
Development, UI/UX

Oculus’ Designing Accessible VR

Link to Guide
Development, Production

Accessible Mixed Reality

Link to Webpage
Development, News


WalkinVR Add-on Makes VR More Accessible to Disabled Gamers

Link to Article
Software, Gaming, Accessibility Settings

Using AI, people who are blind are able to find familiar faces in a room

Link to Article
Microsoft, Developers, Software, HoloLens, AI


Accessibility, Disabilities, and Virtual Reality Solutions

Link to Article
Education, Healthcare, Assistive Hardware

Inclusivity of VR and AR Accessibility for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

Link to Article
Assistive Hardware

For more detailed information about these resources, visit this blog post.


VR Experiences About Disabilities

Goliath: Playing with Reality

Subject: Schizophrenia

Link: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/3432432656819712

Through mind-bending animation, award-winning GOLIATH: PLAYING WITH REALITY explores the limits of reality and a true story of so-called ‘schizophrenia’ and the power of gaming communities. Echo (narrated by Tilda Swinton) guides you through the many realities of Goliath, a man who spent years isolated in psychiatric institutions but finds connection in multiplayer games. Combining heartfelt dialogue, mesmerizing visuals and symbolic interactions, weave through multiple worlds to uncover Goliath’s poignant story.

Notes on Blindness

Subject: Loss of Sight/Blindness

Link: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/1946326588770583

In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassettes. These original diary recordings create the basis of this interactive non-fictional narrative which is a cognitive and emotional experience of blindness. Storytelling, art direction and graphical universe form a unique and singular immersion, completed by movement tracking, spacialized sound and controller interactions.

InMind VR

Subject: Exploring the Brain/Root of Mental Disorders

Link: https://luden.io/inmind/ (Note: Not on Quest 2, on SteamVR and Rift/RiftS)

This first demo allows the player to experience the journey into the patient’s brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind. The future is nigh. The humanity is standing upon the brink of a new era where modern healthcare makes tremendous scientific advancements. With the help of nanotechnologies a surgical prototype bathyscaphe allows its operator to shrink to a microlevel and travel inside the patient’s body.

The Party

Subject: Autism

Link: You can watch the film as a YouTube 360 video. If you want to watch it as a VR experience, download the Guardian’s new VR app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and watch it using Google Cardboard or Daydream.

The Party allows you to enter the world of an autistic teenager, Layla, who is at a surprise birthday celebration. You will hear her thoughts about what she is experiencing and how it is affecting her, and share the sensory overload that leads to a meltdown (an intense response to an overwhelming situation). The drama provides viewers with a powerful first-person perspective on the challenges that social situations may present to someone on the autism spectrum.

Accessible VR Experiences


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In Moss, players meet Quill, a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement. While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side. Together, you’ll travel to forgotten realms, solve challenging puzzles, and battle menacing enemies. Alone, no one can conquer what you’re up against. But united, you just may defeat even the darkest of villains.

Res Infinite

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Experience 360 degrees of mind-blowing synesthesia as you blast through waves of enemies and giant transforming bosses, with colors and sounds that sync and blend to the beat of Rez’s legendary techno soundtrack.