Tag Archive for "digital outcasts" tag

Summer 2013 Appearances

July 4th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Summer 2013 Appearances

Haven’t had much to say in this space lately, since the book is out and promotion has slowed a bit. I have to say, for the most part feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m particularly gratified by the kind words of one reader, who assured me that I “absolutely nailed what it’s like for parents […]

Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

March 2nd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

If you’re one of approximately 25,000 interactive professionals who annually descend upon Austin for SXSW, this year I’ll be joining you. The session takes place on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 PM and is located at the Austin Convention Center. My presentation will explore “bootstrapping” topics related to the book, as well as a few […]

Digital Outcasts Presentation at CSUN 2013

February 23rd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts Presentation at CSUN 2013

With the book now in production and scheduled for an April release, I’m beginning a little promotional tour of speaking engagements. First appearance is next week at the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego. Commonly known as CSUN, this is the largest North American conference dedicated to the advancement […]

“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.

The Blind Reinvent the iPhone

May 3rd, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

Nice piece in The Atlantic on how blind people have embraced the iPhone, a device that offers surprising accessibility features despite its flat screen and visual interface.

Digital Outcasts and Food Deserts

April 7th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

A food desert is a term given to any part of the industrialized world where healthy, affordable food is difficult for consumers to obtain. New technologies combined with community involvement may one day solve a growing health problem.

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 […]

The Business Rationale for Virtual Accessibility

November 14th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

How would a merger between virtual worlds and commercial retailers affect consumers with disabilities? First in a series of sample chapters.

iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

July 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on iPad Games Help People with Autism and Cerebral Palsy

A piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday discussed the use of multitouch technology — such as that used in iPads, smartphones, and tablet devices — are being investigated as therapy for people living with cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorders. Researchers from three North American universities are developing therapeutic applications for these devices, branching […]

“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 […]