A Social Stories App?

A Social Stories App?

“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…

I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t admit we were excited to be quoted on Wired.com last month.   We were a big player in a significant article about education, text books, and digital publishing.  You can read the entire article here.

What I consider most important about this story is in my quote.  Properly developed and leveraged iBooks Author could become a powerhouse publishing platform for Social Stories.

Whether iBooks Author realizes this potential is difficult to predict, but one thing is certain, Social Stories are a vital tool for children and adults with special needs.  In fact, we have begun looking into the development of a Social Stories app by Digital Scribbler.   Please give us your feedback on this potential project.

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.


  1. Shannon Des Roches Rosa

    I would love to see easy, basic social stories made available — and more importantly, without the special needs penalty cost. It seems absurd to me that Pictello is $18.99 and Stories2Learn is $13.99 (and has a real problem with losing content across updates and and devices — I am still too furious to write about this in detail, but in short *all* of Leo’s beloved social stories were irretrievably obliterated). I do love Pictello’s ability to share stories across devices, and recordable voiceover is important for pre-readers. But as Injini’s new Write My Name allows recording voiceover in a $1.99 app, I do wonder how those prices are justified. And why there isn’t a better cheaper option. Definitely interested in following along.

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