Side Project: Writing a Novel

They say idle minds and hands are the devil’s workshop. Therefore, I like to stay busy. I have decided to make an attempt at writing a novel in my spare time. The book will be in the suspense, thriller, and mystery genres of adult fiction. I would love feedback from anyone that has something to…

Evaluating My Home for Accessibility

Recently, I completed an assignment in which I evaluated my home (not pictured) for accessibility for those with mobility, sensory, and cognitive disabilities. Below is my evaluation. This is a helpful practice to anyone who may expect an elderly family member to stay with them, or for someone who wants to get an idea of…

Function vs. Hype in Assistive Technology

I just got back from attending part of the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in San Diego, CA. While on the trip, I saw a social media ad for a braille smart watch. It looks pretty cool. The idea of having phone notifications sent to the wrist and being able to read them instead of having…

The iPad Craze

Everyone wants iPads. I get it; they are pretty cool and have a great deal of features. However, it is far from the perfect solution for meeting the needs of every individual with a disability. When exploring options for assistive technology (AT), it is best to put features first and devices second. Features Features must…

Individuals with Autism: The Real Experts

As a student I was told I was being groomed to become an expert in my field. As a professional, I am asked as to what is my expertise. I started off my college career seeking to become an expert in a field. I bounced around from one professional interest to another. I became discouraged…

Accessibility: Phones and Tablets

I was with my dad the other day talking about various things and looking at videos. He was about to search for something I told him about, but first had to put on his glasses to see the small text on his phone. I proceeded to tell him about and show him the accessibility features…