Category : Attitudes of Disability

Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

April 20th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

I spent a wonderful two hours the other day lost in conversation with Karo Caran, founder of The Joy Cast podcast series and herself a published author. We discussed many things related to the life experience, discovering that we share similar attitudes regarding our place on this here planet. You can listen to the interview […]

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.

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 […]

Plight of the Home Care Nurse

September 29th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Plight of the Home Care Nurse

Since May of 2012, the book has received a decent amount of advance press due to various speaking engagements. With that, though, comes the perfectly reasonable and necessary demand to back up claims with factual information. One particular area of skepticism has been the source material for the data point that home healthcare professionals drive […]

Comedy Routine Gives Voice to Man Without Speech

May 2nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Comedy Routine Gives Voice to Man Without Speech

Lee Ridley, born with cerebral palsy and unable to speak since birth, transforms himself as a working stand-up comedian at London’s Soho Theatre thanks to new technology.

Of Bees and Chess

December 10th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A young chess player learns a lesson applicable to the innovation cycle and people with special needs.

Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Gamers with Disabilities Battling for Recognition

An article in Wired’s GameLife section details the struggle that players are having in bringing accessibility to video games. This isn’t merely an issue of accommodating users with a physical disability, such as Chuck Bittner (pictured), who has quadriplegia and can only reach certain buttons on standard Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controllers. The challenge […]

Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Children’s Book on iPad Teaches Tolerance

Raghava KK is the artist and author of Pop It, a new children’s book for iPad intended to teach open mindedness to toddlers. According to Mashable, the book/app delivers a message that adapts to multiple character and plot contexts. For example, characters in the book can be changed upon shaking the device to reflect different […]

Two Ways to Look at It

June 11th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Two Ways to Look at It

On May 25, 2011, the New York Times Magazine ran a cover story on two young twins conjoined at the head. Below are two responses which appear in this week’s Letters to the Editor section: The tone of the article is upbeat; let’s call it American optimism in the face of any challenge. There is […]