Google Glass – making life more accessible
From Alex’s website:
In October 2011, my life changed dramatically. As a law student at Columbia University in New York, I was starting my second year and finalizing job offers. Then, during a celebratory road trip to Vermont, a driving mistake caused another car to collide with ours, exactly into my passenger seat. The miracles started early – I survived, I retained control of my lungs, I regained my ability to speak. Still, I am now paralyzed from the chest down. A very high (C5), complete cervical spine fracture means that, after nearly a year of intensive physical therapy, I remain wheelchair-bound and unable to use or feel my wrists and hands.
Alex became a Google Glass Explorer after entering a contest.
From Alex’s blog:
Google Glass doesn’t somehow “fix” a disability. But, it is a more accessible tool for self-expression. For communities that are often silent, hidden, marginalized – like that of people with disabilities – these kinds of tools are essential. The more we enable people with disabilities to share their stories and passions, the more they become people, rather than tragic or heroic stereotypes.
For me, Glass has also been an incentive to explore – even if I don’t always share with the world, simplifying the logistics of my adventures makes me want to have more of them. And I’m lucky – I have friendships and community support that motivate me to apply to be an Explorer, run fundraising campaigns, and fight for whatever dreams I had before my injury. But disability affects many people already hindered by circumstance. And while I am still fighting my own battle to get back on track, I look forward to being a lawyer, activist, and voice in the push to end marginalization.
From Alex’s youtube:
Now you can imagine the possibilities!