Tarn: A game room offers virtual reality for people with disabilities

Manuela Chapeau and Dominique Plumet opened “Le 7” in Séquestre with immersive moving virtual reality and soon tactical laser and handicap accessible escape room.

After a quarter of a century spent respectively in the petrochemical industry and as a teacher with deaf students, the couple now happily manages “Le 7”. “Entertain and provide pleasure to people”: this is their leitmotif. I chose Albin because it is a human-sized city and without any entertainment sites related to virtual reality”, explains Manuela.

Since last June, they have been offering team-driven virtual reality, dynamic car simulators and escape rooms with a deep reflection on disability inclusion.

“When I met Dominic, Manuela told him, I wanted to do something for people with disabilities in this somewhat crazy project. So, since this summer, we’ve been brainstorming with former deaf colleagues to make escape games fully accessible. That will be the case soon. The same for tactical laser which will be played in a wheelchair. As for virtual reality on the move, it is already accessible to people with disabilities. »

And Dominique adds: “This approach is unique in Tarn. We have other projects for sensitizing the skilled through simulations of these people, whom we consider extraordinary”.

To better understand their problems, Manuela invoked the feelings of her deaf friends. “We tested the escape rooms. There is also the possibility of adaptation because everything that is auditory can be transcribed into writing on the helmet. Different people are still deprived of living most of the fun independently. Since this summer, we have adapted our escape rooms for the hearing impaired and the deaf with the most immersive solution possible. In addition, one of the two escape rooms is now wheelchair accessible. »

Innovative projects

Upstairs, the daytime tactical laser will be completed before the end of the year and will also be handicap accessible. “We just wanted to give ourselves the tools to be inclusive and therefore allow them to play in a wheelchair. »

In terms of free roaming, or virtual reality on the move, this activity is played in groups of 80 m2. This activity is now wheelchair accessible and has been successfully tested.

Manuela and Dominique have recently returned from a specialist fair in London with their heads full of ideas for the development of future innovative projects on the surface currently occupied by four pumpkin fields. “These fields will disappear and give way to virtual reality which will allow play in autonomous dynamic cohesion, slips Dominique. And it will again be unique in the department. »

The audience of “extraordinary” people, dear to the hearts of Manuela and Dominique, is not the main target of these sensationalists anyway.

“We don’t know if they will be there, but we wanted to do our best to give them what they deserve like everyone else, namely the opportunity to enjoy virtual reality games like everyone else.” »

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Omni, Quesaco?

Two unique games in Tarn await you at “7”. In addition to virtual reality on the move or free roaming played in teams with virtual reality headsets on an area of ​​80 m2, there is “Omni” an omnidirectional platform with, again, virtual reality headsets and many different games. “It’s very intense with a loss of 500 calories per hour,” Dominique and Manuela say.

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