I worked with Kevin Sitek back in our dot com days. He’s a great designer and happens to have a daughter with cerebral palsy. If you think designing a user experience for ecommerce is tough, try creating communication devices for kids who have extremely limited physical capabilities.
The iPad has been a major advancement in this area. The majority of special needs apps are homegrown tools developed by passionate individuals who have real world needs for them. They lack the usability and design that you would expect an app to deliver. Kevin is launching his own company to bring high-quality solutions to this under-serviced space.
When you are surrounded by thousands of companies at SXSW - each trying to pitch themselves as The Next Big Thing - it’s refreshing to find someone working on truly life-changing ideas. You can learn more about education and special needs apps on his blog = http://www.lilliespad.com