Michael Janger's Blog

Last December, according to Disability Scoop, the unemployment rate for the U.S. was 9.5%. Among people with disabilities, the unemployment rate was 45 percent higher, at 13.8%. There are many possible and sometimes conflicting reasons for the 45% difference, but we can generally agree on a significant cause of this disparity: negative perceptions on the…

Read More That Resume Looks Fantastic! (Psst…She’s Disabled.)

So far out, even my wife didn’t like the idea of this. Picture me sitting in front of the TV, flipping channels by waving my hand in the air. No remote, no controller, no anything. As strange as it sounds, this technology is actually being developed and marketed by Microsoft and Hitachi.  An article in…

Read More Gesture-Recognition Technology: Not So Far Out

For many people, videogames are a luxury, a guilt trip, like eating a piece of sinful chocolate. It is not always looked on favorably, usually by parents, if videogames are played more than a few hours each day. For people with disabilities, the perspective is refreshingly different. Video games have been an effective way for…

Read More Making Videogames Accessible for Disabled Gamers: The Value of Brand Equity

When I came across this Tuesday’s New York Times article about an annual 10k race in Cambodia for athletes with artificial legs, as part of the Angkor Wat International Half-Marathon, I was intrigued, because I visited this country two years ago. In the summer of 2007, my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I traveled through Laos…

Read More Running on Artificial Legs in Cambodia