Could Apple Revolutionize Special Education?

Could Apple Revolutionize Special Education?

Let’s take just one stakeholder example: students with disabilities, as well as their teachers and parents. Autism advocate and software developer Russ Ewell from the Hope Technology Group is excited. “Apple could unlock another door for autism with this breakthrough,” Ewell said. “Parents could create social story books.” So could special education teachers or therapists, tailored for each student.

Tim Carmody, What’s Wrong with Education

Tim Carmody has written an extraordinary article about the future of education and publishing.  I will have additional comments about this subject in the future, especially after Apple’s announcement.  What thrilled me was the quote he used – a quote belonging to me.

I was dreaming about a publishing platform created by Apple, which might allow any parent to create social stories for their kids.  Imagine parents, teachers, and therapist being able to work together developing social story books for their kids.  Volumes helping them with every stressful event, difficult social situation, or simply helping them understand emotions.

If Apple does something like this…a garageband of ebooks – along with the iPad, they would be taking another disruptive step toward revolutionizing special education.

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.


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