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Disability Does Not Define Me

Disclaimer: I mention Google Glass several times in this post. I did not, and will not, receive any compensation from Google for writing this post. Although I believe strongly in the value of Google Glass as a viable compensation tool for some disabilities, I refer to Google Glass only as an example for readers to consider. I am not an employee of Google or any organization associated with Google.


Wikipedi2013-1222 Google_Glass_Explorer_Editiona describes Google Glass as “a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD)” developed by Google. When I first heard about Google Glass, I knew the product had great potential, but I could not possibly imagine all the ways people would use the device. According to the Google Glass website, Google Glass provides the following features in a strong and flexible frame:

  • Takes a picture by saying “take picture”
  • Creates hands-free recordings
  • Shares what you see . . . live
  • Provides directions and maps when you need them
  • Sends verbal, textual, and pictorial messages
  • Answers your questions
  • Provides information you might need
  • Translates your voice

In the following video, we see some of the many ways Google Glass can benefit people with disabilities.

Call to Action

If you are currently using Google Glass to compensate for your adversity, or you have advice for others who are considering Google Glass as a compensation tool for their adversity, leave your comments below this post.


Thanks to Jack C. Crawford for sharing the story; Wikipedia for describing Google Glass; Alex Blaszczuk for telling us how Google Glass helps her; Google Glass for enabling Blaszcuk to create and share her story; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

3 Responses to “Disability Does Not Define Me”

  • Scott says:

    Deb, I agree with you — if it is possible to make life easier, we should. There are many features of Google Glass that could make life easier now. My guess is that there will be many enhancements and additional features in the next release. — Scott

  • Mary says:

    This is an amazing video. I have not used Google Glass, nor did I realize the benefits it could provide to disabled people. I look forward to seeing how this technology can enrich people’s lives.

    • Scott says:

      Mary, Google Glass is a little pricey right now, but when the price drops to a point where the average person can afford it, I think you will hear about many more uses for Google Glass. I will most likely post about it again because the technology can be so beneficial to caregivers and survivors.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.