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Joseph Hill
Joe Hill is the father of two boys on the Autism Spectrum and Founder of Aeir Talk, an iPad application designed to help children learn new words and how to use them in creative ways. He is an advocate and speaker in the special needs and tech communities, and his story has been featured on, Yahoo News and Y Combinator’s “Hacker News.” Joe is also the producer and co-host for the "Sci-Fi Study Group" podcast. You can reach him at or on Twitter @vintagejoehill

Entries by Joseph Hill

One Phone Call Changed My Holiday Depression

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 3:12 PM

I want to tell you all a story, and I'm going to tell you that at first is a bummer, but that is not my intention. Stick with me on this, and I think that it will encourage you.

It's just that my history is not that bright around the...

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Three Things I Want to See Come Out of the Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate

(27) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Tuesday, when I opened my laptop I began to see the same link pop up on my Facebook feed repeatedly. It was for the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate coming up on February 4, 2014. The link was being toted by both my Christian and non-Christian friends, particularly those...

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"It All Comes Down to This" is a Horrible Lie

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 4:17 PM

American Idol is coming back on the air soon. To be quite honest, I have never seen the show, and I really don't plan on seeing it ever. It is not because of some sort of hipster-like urge to dump on a popular show, not at all. I'm sure it's...

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Where's Mommy?

(118) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 6:29 PM

A few days ago, I went to my ex-wife's house to pick up my sons and something interesting happened. I was buckling my four-year-old son into his car seat when he pointed at the front seat passenger side of the car and said, "Where's mommy?" as if he fully expected...

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Divorce Is Not the End; It Can Be a Beginning

(35) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:56 PM

I've been trying to figure out how to write about a situation in my life that has been very hard to experience and talk about. I wanted to write about it with grace and without bitterness and each time I sat down to do so in the last several months,...

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Excuses, Excuses

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 10:56 AM

Recently my life has become much busier. Why? Well, I, like many of you reading this blog am a parent, but I am a bootstrap entrepreneur as well (that is to say, I run a self-funded business). Bootstrap entrepreneurs are typically very busy, sometime more than typical entrepreneurs. Their products...

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A Humbling Experience at a Special Needs Conference

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 1:13 PM

Last week, I was invited to attend a conference. What I thought would be an opportunity to network with other special needs activists turned into a profound experience that left me feeling both encouraged and challenged in new ways.

I had been invited to The Arc of Virginia State Convention...

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Parents, Don't Let People Say 'No' to Your Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 12:22 PM

I recently decided that I needed to make improvements to my iPad application, Aeir Talk. It has been out for eight months and I really wanted to enact some changes that have been gnawing at me and some of my users for a few months. One problem: Changes cost money,...

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iOS 6, A Leap Forward in the Special Needs Community

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Yesterday Apple announced their new operating system iOS 6, and I immediately began to cheer. Not for the normal fanboy reasons, although I am an Apple fanboy, and an Apple developer, but because what I saw was a company that not only is pushing the limits of mobile...

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Why are Education Apps Built by the Lowest Builder?

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Being an app developer is not easy (full disclosure, I am one). Most of the time, they have a vision for a great app and decide to sit down over the course of weeks and build it themselves (because they can code) or they will more than likely...

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On World Autism Day, There Are Still Families without Help

(5) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 5:28 PM

The CDC report on Autism was released on Thursday, detailing that it is now estimated that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. alone are on the Autism Spectrum. While some articles that I have read have labeled this "Alarmingly high," as the parent of a...

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No Expectations

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 4:50 PM

Hi everyone! My name is Joe Hill, and this is my first post here on HP. Because of that, I wanted to just briefly introduce myself, what I want to talk about on HP, and cover an enlightening experience I recently had in my own life.

I am the...

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