Category : Inspiration

Critics & Readers Discuss Digital Outcasts

November 30th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Critics & Readers Discuss Digital Outcasts

I researched Digital Outcasts over a period of five years and wrote the first draft in six months. I then spent another six months editing and reshaping, working with a team of scientific reviewers, appointed project managers and editorial consultants, future-proofing the text to my publisher’s satisfaction. When I finally released the final draft of […]

Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

July 24th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

Promoting a book can be an exhausting series of lows and highs. I experienced both within the span of one hour at World Future 2013 in Chicago last weekend. My session was scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on Saturday, with a “Meet the Author” book signing immediately following at 7:45 in the conference bookstore. […]

Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

May 16th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

The fine folks at Technically Philly have graciously allowed me a Guest Editor slot to speak about the book. It is always an honor to share touching, amusing and insightful stories of people with disabilities: a teenage music prodigy with a traumatic brain injury, a successful stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, an employment agency that […]

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 […]

Digital Outcasts at the IA Summit in Baltimore

March 15th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at the IA Summit in Baltimore

The speaking tour continues with a stop in Baltimore for this year’s IA Summit. It’s a homecoming of sorts for me, as I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and lived in the city for seven years. I also mentioned the MICA Fibers program in my book, in a chapter about wearable computers and […]

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.

‘Soul Train’ a Model of Innovation and Inclusion

March 11th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on ‘Soul Train’ a Model of Innovation and Inclusion

The passing of Don Cornelius, the inventor and host of the ‘Soul Train’ television program, reminds us of important lessons on innovation and inclusion.

A CSUN Preview: Gracie Asks for a Crunchie

February 26th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

This week I’ll be presenting at the CSUN Conference for Persons with Disabilities on a topic entitled Yesterday’s Future: How the Technology of Tomorrow is Benefitting Today’s Digital Outcasts. I’m happy to have as my co-presenter the brilliant Lisa Domican, inventor of the Grace App for Autism available for iPhone and iPad. Below you’ll find […]

Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

February 22nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

A teacher in the suburbs of Chicago teaches traditional piano lessons by incorporating the iPad as a way to broaden disabled students’ learning opportunities.

Blind Photographer “Sees” Through Her Pictures

January 5th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Blind Photographer “Sees” Through Her Pictures

A legally blind photographer finds a voice and an audience through her images.