Category : About the Book

Accessibility Leads to Innovation

January 20th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Accessibility Leads to Innovation

AT&T’s first Chief Accessibility Officer, Christopher Rice, has publicly endorsed the company’s link between accessibility and innovation.

Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

December 11th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Book Now In Production

The manuscript for Digital Outcasts has been delivered. As of today, I can’t tell you whether it’s any good. I think it probably is, but I’m too close to be the most objective judge of quality. What I can tell you is that the book is now in production and will soon be available for […]

Equality vs. Equivalency

November 21st, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

I’m in the final stages of wrapping up the manuscript. I’ve read that the last 10% of an effort requires as much work as the first 90%, and that has certainly turned out to be the case. Fortunately, I have a great support team of editors and reviewers providing critical input as I shape the […]

Book Update

September 20th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Book Update

I have not posted here in quite some time because I’ve been writing writing writing. The manuscript is due to the publisher on December 3, 2012, and so far we’re pretty much on schedule. I have an amazing team of reviewers including Karen Mardahl, Jessica Ivins, Det Ansinn of BrickSimple and Jared Smith of WebAIM. […]

“Digital Outcasts” in the News

May 26th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “Digital Outcasts” in the News

Nice writeup by Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman on technology needs of the disabled. The book got a nice mention.

“Digital Outcasts” now on Facebook and Twitter

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “Digital Outcasts” now on Facebook and Twitter

Working on a book is like flinging a pot of cooked spaghetti into the air, then trying to catch a single portion with a pair of chopsticks. There is always an excess of ideas, and the trick is in developing a process that filters all this content into a cogent offering. Then there is the […]

Digital Outcasts Presentation at LEEF 2011

June 16th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Presentation at LEEF 2011

Tomorrow I head to Harrisburg PA to speak at the Learning and Entertainment Education Forum (LEEF) at the University of Science and Technology. The mission of LEEF is to explore the use of games, simulations and virtual worlds for both learning and work. The two-day program, hosted by the wonderful Andy Petroski and featuring no […]

14th Annual Accessing Higher Ground

June 2nd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on 14th Annual Accessing Higher Ground

Just learned that I’ll be presenting at this year’s Accessing Higher Ground conference in Boulder, CO. I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends in accessibility in a great venue. Will I be promoting the book during that presentation? Um, probably. (Sorry.) Here’s the conference info: Disability Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder […]

Digital Niche Construction

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Niche Construction

Interestingly, and perhaps ironically, people with disabilities have cultivated a sort of “digital niche construction” in order to ensure their continued survival. Similar to how a beaver builds a dam or how a bird builds a nest, digital outcasts must alter their technological environment to remain relevant in the modern ecosystem. This interregnum is where […]

Advocating for the Digital Outcast

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Advocating for the Digital Outcast

Most people working in the education space are familiar with Marc Prensky’s theory of the “Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants.” Prensky’s general thesis was to challenge assumptions that antiquated teaching methods remain suitable for emerging generations of learners, for whom mobile devices and gaming principles have become a critical artery of social and informational context. […]