How is Fat Cat Pirate Chat helping others?
We research and develop assistive technology for people
with disabilities. Some of these disabilities include vision limitations,
mobility limitations, and hand motor control limitations disabilities
that many pirates acquired. Peg legs, eye patches, and prosthetic
hooks-for-hands were the assistive technologies that pirates used.
The assistive technology that we are currently developing
is communication software for people who cannot speak, who have difficulty
speaking, or who have multiple disabilities that make using computers
and communication software difficult. (See our assistive technology
webpage.) Though Fat Cat Pirate Chat is entertainment software, it is
an off-shoot of our research into helping people with these disabilities
engage in face-to-face and electronic conversations. We are developing
a more general, editable version of this software for the folks with
these disabilities. But some of them can enjoy Fat Cat Pirate Chat just as it is.
By purchasing Fat Cat Pirate Chat, you are helping fund
our research and development efforts.
Interestingly, pirates are one of the few pop culture
icons who have disabilities without compensating superpowers. Instead,
they, like real people with disabilities, must rely on grit and a
positive attitude to get by.