Each year, over 350 special needs students from the renowned “District 75” of the New York City Department of Education — many on the autism spectrum — learn and practice basic life and social skills in a 3D online version of the five boroughs of New York. Following a detailed, standards-based curriculum that LearningTimes helped to develop, students in the Citywide program get jobs, open bank accounts, furnish apartments with roommates, navigate public transportation, and take part in special interest groups and events from laptops in their real-life classroom. They do this while also practicing valuable social interaction skills that are vital to their success in the real world after they leave the public school system.