Archive for November, 2011

OrbiTouch: Show your gratitude

 For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends. 


~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson is a simple one, but it speaks to the heart of gratitude. The impending Thanksgiving holiday has many of us thinking about what we are thankful for. Some might think the “What are you thankful for?” question is silly or cliche, but that is only until one realizes how tenuous life is.

The line between life and death can be so thin. Over the past year, orbiTouch has made many new friends, among them wounded veterans. These brave individuals know the fragility of life only too well. As they fought for their country, many lost dear friends who sacrificed their lives for freedom. All it takes is one perilous step in the wrong direction to detonate an IED or catch a stray bullet. The suddenness at which a friend can be taken from us is shocking, terrifying, and irrevocable.

It is because life can be so fleeting that we must appreciate what we have here and now. Gratitude must not only be expressed in our hearts, but out loud. Life is unpredictable. Tell the people you love how much they mean to you, because everything could change tomorrow.

Be thankful for the life we live, for every breath we take, and the fact that the sun will rise each morning, giving us the opportunity to express our many gifts that have been given to us.

For those with disabilities, a new entrepreneurial spirit

The following excerpt is from an Orlando Sentinel article written by Kate Santich published on November 12, 2011. The article explores initiatives by various Central Florida organizations to promote entrepreneurism among persons with special needs.

Toward that end, the Department of Veterans Affairs also is pushing an agenda of self-employment for its disabled veterans. The National Science Foundation recently awarded a three-year, $100,000 grant to Maitland-based Blue Orb Inc., parent company of the keyless-computer-keyboard maker orbiTouch. The device allows those without fine-motor dexterity in their hands to easily navigate a desktop computer.

Partnering with the VA, orbiTouch is enlisting veterans and others with disabilities to foster their entry into the world of entrepreneurship.

For the entirety of this article, please continue reading at Orlando Sentinel website.

OrbiTouch salutes our veterans by fighting unemployment

They fought for America. Now we can make America a country worth coming home to through jobs.

“As it says on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., “Freedom is Not Free.”  Our wounded warriors serve as a constant reminder of the real cost of war.  Brave Americans sacrifice their bodies—and sometimes even their lives—so we can live in a free country.  It is the ultimate sacrifice and something we will never be able to fully repay.”

–OrbiTouch blog, May 2011

While celebrations like Veteran’s Day are crucial in expressing our appreciation for those who have served, what we need to do is to continue making America a country worth fighting for. One way to do that is to fight veteran unemployment. Showing appreciation is a start. Helping our heros live a productive and fulfilling life post-Military should be the real end game.

According to The Washington Post, the unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans hovers around 12.4 percent, higher than the national average of 9.1 percent. To reverse this dismaying situation, President Obama and the Small Business Administration are in the process of establishing a task force to help returning veterans start their own businesses.

In a similar fashion, orbiTouch is partnering with organizations such as Veteran Corps of America to help service disabled veterans become entrepreneurs. This program is anchored in a multi-year grant awarded to Blue Orb, Inc., orbiTouch’s parent company, by National Science Foundation. Blue Orb invites people with special needs to participate in this exciting program. If you or a friend or family member could benefit from this initiative, please contact

For most of us, war is an intangible occurrence happening thousands of miles away in countries we will never visit against an enemy we will never meet. But for our veterans, war is incredibly real, the fall out of which they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

While we can never fully repay the debt our men and women in the Armed Forces have taken on for our country, what we can do is make military to civilian transition easier by ensuring our soldiers can provide for themselves and their families. Helping veterans lead better lives back home is the ultimate act of patriotism.

Join orbiTouch in saluting our veterans this Friday at the Winter Park Veterans Day Celebration. Organizations such as the Department of Veterans AffairsOrlando VA Medical Center, and Disabled American Veterans will also be in attendence. Hope to see you there!