Tech Unity Beyond the                      #SpecialNeeds Hashtag                              Jen Lee Reeves              ...
Important NoteWe are speaking from the perspective of parents     special needs kids and not as voices orrepresentatives o...
This is a brainstormBaseline assumptions: Special needscommunities are fractured. Also, parents don’tget the support they ...
Jen Lee Reeves• Mom Advocate  bornjustright.com• Associate Professor  Missouri School of   Journalism• Interactive Directo...
Mom Advocacy “Technology made me the special needs mom I am today”specialneedtech.com     Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds ...
Communities Replicating Communities• Social networking tools make it possible to  build community…• So many different spac...
Kate Canterbury•   Advocate•   Thinker•   Mother•   Friend• More at  KateCanterbury.comspecialneedtech.com      Tech Unity...
Missions• Write honestly about parenting• Be a voice for invisible disabilities• Push the technological community to partn...
Parents Hacking Technology• Parents are hacking technology  for therapy use• The next step: Getting the  technology commun...
Robert Rummel-Hudson• Author, Schuyler’s Monster:  A Father’s Journey with his  Wordless Daughter    (St. Martin’s Press 2...
How It Startedspecialneedtech.com     Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds   #SXsn
Assistive Technology• Life changing for non-verbal kids• Not just speech prosthesis,  language development• Prohibitive co...
Times Are Changing• iPod Touch and iPad• Parents and users in charge• Social media is a playerspecialneedtech.com       Te...
Brainstorm!specialneedtech.com    Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds   #SXsn
Let’s Keep Talking• Jen Lee Reeves  @jenleereeves• Kate Canterbury  @guavalicious, @katecanterbury• Robert Rummel-Hudson  ...
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Tech Unity Beyond the #SpecialNeeds Hashtag

  1. 1. Tech Unity Beyond the #SpecialNeeds Hashtag Jen Lee Reeves @jenleereeves Kate Canterbury @guavalicious @katecaterbury Robert Rummel-Hudson @rumhudspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  2. 2. Important NoteWe are speaking from the perspective of parents special needs kids and not as voices orrepresentatives of the special needs community.We hope that the ideas and topics we raise here can help the special needs community as a whole.specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  3. 3. This is a brainstormBaseline assumptions: Special needscommunities are fractured. Also, parents don’tget the support they need offline. Technology isa pioneering tool for therapy. Can tech help?specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  4. 4. Jen Lee Reeves• Mom Advocate bornjustright.com• Associate Professor Missouri School of Journalism• Interactive Director komu.comspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  5. 5. Mom Advocacy “Technology made me the special needs mom I am today”specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  6. 6. Communities Replicating Communities• Social networking tools make it possible to build community…• So many different spaces fracture the communities• How can we connect/support each other?specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  7. 7. Kate Canterbury• Advocate• Thinker• Mother• Friend• More at KateCanterbury.comspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  8. 8. Missions• Write honestly about parenting• Be a voice for invisible disabilities• Push the technological community to partner with the special needs community*I work, so I can support my hobby as a specialneeds advocate and “hyper-local” evangelist*specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  9. 9. Parents Hacking Technology• Parents are hacking technology for therapy use• The next step: Getting the technology community to step up to support special needs• Let’s make technology legitimate: I want to deduct my iPadspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  10. 10. Robert Rummel-Hudson• Author, Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with his Wordless Daughter (St. Martin’s Press 2008)• Parent Advocate, Fighting Monsters with Rubber Swords (www.schuylersmonsterblog.com)specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  11. 11. How It Startedspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  12. 12. Assistive Technology• Life changing for non-verbal kids• Not just speech prosthesis, language development• Prohibitive costs – Decisions away from parents – Funding is negogiatedspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  13. 13. Times Are Changing• iPod Touch and iPad• Parents and users in charge• Social media is a playerspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  14. 14. Brainstorm!specialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn
  15. 15. Let’s Keep Talking• Jen Lee Reeves @jenleereeves• Kate Canterbury @guavalicious, @katecanterbury• Robert Rummel-Hudson @rumhud specialneedtech.comspecialneedtech.com Tech Unity Beyond #SpecialNeeds #SXsn

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