Why People With Disabilities Are Powerful Drivers of Innovation
In 2005, Wayne Westerman, an engineering graduate student in Delaware, was working on his dissertation when he began developing carpal tunnel syndrome. To help deal with the painful condition, he began to experiment with a small, multitouch input device. The idea was to create something he could use to enter information without having to press hard. Along with his advisor, John Elliott, he formed a company FingerWorks to sell the resulting product.