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Stephen Hawking as accidental ambassador for assistive technologies

Stephen Hawking using assistive technology

Author: Martin E. BlairExecutive Director of the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, and Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, The University of Montana

https://theconversation.com/stephen-hawking-as-accidental-ambassador-for-assistive-technologies-70627

"For us, Hawking was a valuable role model for more than the next generation of scientists. With his recognizable wheelchair and computer-generated voice, he demonstrated the value of technological solutions to liberating the voice of those with physical and communication disabilities."

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