“Digital Outcasts” in the News

May 26th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Filed under About the Book, Appearances

Brothers Adam and Brendan Koeppl play 'Fruit Ninja' on an iPad

Brothers 10-year-old Adam and 11-year-old Brendan Koeppl, who have autism, play 'Fruit Ninja' on an iPad to help with their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Photo by Teesha McClam for the Dayton Daily News

The upcoming book got a nice writeup by Omar L. Gallaga, a technology culture writer and contributor to NPR’s “All Tech Considered” segment. Gallaga has written for the Austin American-Statesman since 1997, and his regular Digital Savant column is distributed by various news sources.

The Austin American-Statesman released the piece just before my keynote at Knowbility’s AccessU conference, with subsequent pickups by the Dayton Daily News, Denver Post, Flying Kite and Phys.org. It’s a nice overview of how technology needs to accommodate users with physical and cognitive challenges in order to advance, which is pretty much the premise of the book. It’s great to see accessibility get some mainstream media play, and I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve as (just one) voice representing this demographic interest.

Update: the May 16 issue of the Raleigh News Observer picked up the story.

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