I believe social stories must move from physical to digital, so we can take advantage of the treasure trove of rich media accessible through digital devices. Developing dynamic digital social stories is an essential key to a future with successful inclusion.
Inclusion prevents dehumanization. When a group is included they become real to the mainstream population. What makes them real is the creation of physical, emotional, and intellectual ties or connections.
The most interesting question for me is how this advance in tablet technology might help those with special needs?
Mobile technology and the in-the-garage development of apps for those with disabilities has brought Apple, Google, and Samsung into competition with DynaVox and Tobii. Individuals with disabilities limited to a few companies willing to meet their needs suddenly have significant choice. For the first time, those with disabilities are purchasing the same cutting edge technologies coveted by the general public. They are benefiting from the purchasing power of the majority, which creates ever decreasing prices combined with constantly improving features.
Samsung is making headway in the smartphone market because they are not afraid of innovation. Apple appears stuck in the Steve Jobs playbook of the past, rather than drawing up their own for a market which has changed dramatically since the first smartphones arrived.
ZDNet writer Eric Lai reported on a Javelin Strategy & Research report, which paints a more positive future for Android than previously assumed. “For the future, Google Android is expected to continue to gain consumer market share at Apple’s expense, until…