Category : Nature of Disability

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 […]

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 […]

The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring

June 5th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring

For all the wonderful technology that’s out there, much of it is inaccessible from the standpoint of cost, availability or awareness. How do we best utilize mobile apps and personal devices to improve health outcomes for the homebound patient?

“60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

October 25th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

Last Sunday, the CBS program “60 Minutes” showed a segment on the use of iPad apps among people with autism spectrum disorders. The video is embedded above, with a full transcript available on the CBS website.

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]

Seeing With Sound

June 26th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Seeing With Sound

Sometimes a blind person’s best assistive technology is their remaining senses. In Germany, a number of blind people have developed a bat-like method of navigating their surroundings through noise response. Some are even using “flash sonar” to conduct such activities as bike riding and hiking. An article in Spiegel Online International describes one subject, a […]

“Brain Gyms” May Be the Next Big Business

June 23rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A Fast Company article this week discussed increased venture capital funding for “brain gyms.” These are subscription websites, originally developed for those with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive difficulties. Interestingly, online game puzzles are finding a growing market for anyone wishing to sharpen their mental abilities. One website (Lumosity.com) is pulling 14 million users from 180 […]

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 […]