Stefanie Young

Mont Albert, Victoria

Educator, tech enthusiast, problem-solver

As a special education teacher, Stefanie knows only too well the barriers to literacy children with complex physical disabilities face. Being unable to pick up a book and turn the pages like most children puts them at a significant disadvantage when learning to read and write. To overcome this, Stefanie is creating a digital book reader for mobile devices that is entirely accessible using external switches located near the child’s head or hands, or mounted on their wheelchair. This low-cost app will enable the child to independently select a book and turn the pages: “This app could provide the students at my school, and beyond, access to a world of books and give them a huge literacy boost.”