Marshall Raskind, former director of research and special projects for Schwab Learning and vice president of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, said his research–part of which studied the same people over a 20-year period–led him to conclude that one size does not fit all, but if one resource could really help persons with disabilities, it is the internet.

“There’s so much more research that needs to be done, but what we’ve concluded is that kids with disabilities are much more willing to seek help, talk about their conditions, [and] find resources when they’re online, because they have less fear,” he said. “Web 2.0 tools should be considered for their applications and their ability and future potential to foster special talents.”

Jeff Zimman, co-founder, president, and CEO of Posit Science, said his company develops cognitive processing technologies, but also deals with how to get inventions from the lab into the world at large.

“There are really four stages [of technology adoption]: innovators, early adopters, late adopters, and then the laggards,” he said. “In order for a technology to succeed, it has to have logic and proof provided to the public, it has to have reference sites, it has to be in adjacent markets, and it has to have one heck of a user experience.”

He concluded: “We want to give people that fighting spirit, and we do that by having the fighting spirit in the office every day.”

Links:

National Center for Technology Innovation

Digital Promise project

International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities

Posit Science

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