I've been in South Africa for just two days and have had several exciting meetings. My base of operations has been the IDP Africa Forum 2004, a conference for organizations serving the blind throughout Africa. I have had several great conversations about the state of adaptive technology for the African blind, and am getting good ideas for how we can help over the next few years.

I also have been meeting with human rights groups. Patrick Ball is here working on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission data analysis. Looking forward to when that report gets issued. I spent some time yesterday at the University of Pretoria, talking about both disability technology and human rights. Reminds me of some universities in California in terms of climate and feel.

There is no substitute for personal connections and experience, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot more over the next ten days.