The Latest in Overcoming Human Limits


There are a number of great applications for helping those with intellectual disabilities extend their capabilities.  I like to call this extending of capabilities “overcoming human limits.”

The one disappointment I have had since Digital Scribbler launched Quick Talk AAC is the lack of a great social stories app.

A great social stories app should reduce sensory overload by giving family and helpers a tool to preview experiences.  For instance, before going to the dentist the individual can watch a visual social story to prepare.  Pictures of the dentist, hygienists, and office will make the new familiar before the family arrives.

A great social stories app should entertain, by collecting memorable visual moments, putting them to music, and streaming from the cloud anywhere anytime.

This social story app should be easy to configure for both special needs and typical individuals.  It should connect to every major source of rich media, so it can be imported with ease.

There are so many ways a true social stories app could change lives by helping children and adults with special needs access unused abilities.

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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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