My first exposure to the Assistive Technology industry while consulting was shocking. Coming from the high tech Fortune 500 engineering labs, what I saw looked to me to be antiquated, unreliable, and horribly expensive. I felt there was something morally wrong when someone buying an assistive mouse had to pay more than the cost of the computer.
When my own disability issues interfered with my ability to continue working, I accepted a higher calling. I felt I could put my background to good use designing products that were easier to use, more reliable and cost effective.
My goal was to build these for under $100. (remember calculators in the ‘70s ) We still have a way to go, but I’d like to think we’re at least headed the right direction.