Hans Smith is a 24-year-old Boise State student with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair. He also loved playing baseball video games on his Playstation 3, but he had difficulty with the game because of his challenged motor skills.

That’s all about to change. Smith recently served as a consultant to Sony Computer Entertainment America in the design of the new version of MLB The Show baseball video game being released tomorrow that makes the popular new game more accessible to those with special needs. Smith’s involvement with game designers began after he sent a heartfelt thank you to Sony to tell them how much he loved playing baseball video games, especially since he wasn’t able to play the game on the field.

The design team took notice.

Read (New York Times) Fan Helps Game Designers Open Doors in Virtual World here.

Yet another way technology is helping change the world for those with special needs, and another way those with special needs are themselves contributing to such change.