I am a special ed teacher who has been around since the 80s, and I remember when Eric Pulier first started out looking for better special ed technology. I was there when he started People Doing Things to help with our needs, and I remember seeing how the things that he wanted to put in schools actually helped the kids. That was really nice to see, and it was something that I thought was a major change for the kids in my classes.
The things that he advocated for were very helpful, and I thought it was nice that he also dealt with people with chronic illnesses and adults who were in need. That made him a hero of mine as I watched him try to help as many people as possible, and I got even more interested when he started using computers to help kids who had major illnesses. I usually did not have kids like that in my classes, but I once had a child with a chronic illness, and she was able to talk to kids like her on Starbright World. It was a social network before we knew we had them, and it was something that I could let the girl talk on while she was in my classroom and the other kid was in their classroom.
I thought it was so cool to see her talking to kids just like her, and her parents told me that it made her feel so much better about how she was doing. She is still living in the area to this day, and I think her life changed because she was able to feel normal when she was talking to someone on Starbright World. That makes life easier for everyone around the kid, and I thought it was very cool of Eric to do such a thing.
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