Author: Russ Ewell
Disruption, DynaVox, and the iPadMobile 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.
Education and the PhabletSamsung 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.
E-Soccer and SJ Earthquakes LunchE-Soccer has become far more than I ever imagined when it began in a dusty field with 8 kids. Because of our expansion to other cities and countries nearly 1000 kids participate. This means typical and special needs children play together and become friends. Our work has expanded because important organizations like the Earthquakes involve themselves in the community and provide us with support.
Wearable Technology and AutismI believe wearable technology has huge implications for those with disabilities. In fact, I believe wearable technology will do more for children and adults with disabilities than tablets.
Fear of FocusLooking forward into the future of our work at Digital Scribbler and E-Soccer we must focus on the important, so more people will receive the help they desperately need. Giving in to the fear of the important to work at the emotionally easy task of the urgent feels good today, but will leave many miserable for a lifetime.
A Passion for TeachingYou haven’t taught until they have learned attributed to John Wooden My parents made certain we attended incredible schools, but my mom wouldn’t teach in them. There were two reasons for this decision. She didn’t want to teach in the schools her children attended, and more importantly, she wanted to teach children of color. My…