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26 July 2011

4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities

I read a post this morning on Mashable, by Zoe Fox, "4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities"
Screen shot of http://mashable.com/2011/07/25/ipads-disabilities/

The post describes the learning journey of a 3 year old with Cerebral Palsy, and how his iPad has helped him:

"When he turned two, his language, cognitive abilitity and fine motor skills were diagnosed by a developmental specialist as being at least 12 months behind. Then Noah got an iPad.
Four months later, his language and cognition were on par with his age level. His fine motor skills had made significant leaps."

His father is co-founder of a website called SNApps4Kids. It is "a community of parents, therapists, doctors, and teachers who share information on how we are using the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices with children who have special needs. We have found these mobile devices to provide accessibility for children who may have been previously disengaged from the world because of challenging language, motor, or other developmental delays. Given the rising number of apps on the market and the diverse skills of children with special needs, parents have found each other to be one of the best resources for choosing apps to enhance everyday life for our children. While our group is primarily parent-driven, our efforts are naturally collaborative with the people who help our children develop particular skills — therapists and educators." (link)
Screen shot of http://www.snapps4kids.com/

If you have a tablet device, or are thinking of buying one, click through and check out the site, especially the Find an App page.