Ipads will be on many children’s Christmas list this year mainly because of advertised hype and the perceived ‘cool factor’ of possessing the latest Apple product. It will keep children amused for a certain amount of time but depending on the apps installed, they will likely gravitate back to their laptop.
But for some children – and adults – the iPad could prove invaluable. Read this article which appeared in the New York Times about Owen Cain who has had motor neurone disease from infancy. His parents say he is a normal boy trapped in a abnormal body. “We have spent all this time keeping him alive, and now we owe him more than that,” said his mother, Ellen Goldstein, “I see his ability to communicate and to learn as a big part of that challenge — not all of it, but a big part of it.
The iPad has been a tremendous breakthrough and opens up endless possibilities. So many of it’s features ideally suit those who have limited movements, hearing and sight. Owen can have his arm hoisted into a position which allows him, with the lightest of touches, to read a book by flicking over the pages. He even typed up, ” I want to be Han Solo for Hallowe’en” using the onscreen keyboard.
Read the story, watch the video. It’s made me think, wonder, cry and plan.