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iPads, Computer Technologies Help People with Disabilities

September 08, 2014
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technology helps people with multiple disabilitiesTechnology is making it possible to live a full life in spite of disability.

Did you know that technology is greatly benefitting people with disabilities? It is easy to see that technology is coming to the rescue in many ways. This is particularly true in the case of individuals with combined or multiple disabilities.

What piece of technology has been most helpful to you? What are some other forms of technology that you think benefit people with multiple disabilities?

How is technology helping people with multiple disabilities?

Adaptive Computer Technology is helping people with multiple disabilities by making communication easy and efficient. It accomplishes this through a variety of mediums. Here are just a few:

  • Screen Readers – These are “software programs that provide either speech or Braille output.”
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) – OCR software scans written materials into a computer. This is ideal software for someone with multiple disabilities, as it “accommodates many types of disabilities.”
  • Magnification Software – This type of software can make graphics and text large enough to be seen by the PC user who is visually impaired.

These as well as other technology mediums can be mixed, matched, and personalized for each individual. This personalization can cater to an individual’s unique ability level.

While technology has many tools through which it accomplishes ease of communication, perhaps none is more efficient than the handheld computer. The iPad is proving to be particularly efficient.

The iPad can be a vital tool 

iPads and other handheld computers are becoming more and more common in Learning Disability/Special Needs classrooms. Why is this? Because “the personal computer (PC) can be the backbone of independence for millions of individuals with sensory, physical, and learning disabilities.”

The handheld PC literally puts this independence at a person’s fingertips.

Is iPad the Ideal Technology for Disability?

The iPad appears to be an ideal piece of technology for people with combined disabilities due to its unique capabilities, functions, and applications.

The iPad is great for people with multiple disabilities because of its many functions enabled via applications. “Text to speech applications” on the iPad, for example, can literally “give voice” to those who are unable to speak.

Other iPad applications can teach children with autism basic self-care skills. New iPad applications such as “Ariadne GPS” and “Color ID Free” are giving new levels of independence to those who are visually impaired.

The fact that the iPad is highly portable makes it even more accessible to those with numerous disabilities.

Learn more about technology as it relates to disability

Interested in learning more about technology’s positive effects upon persons with combined disabilities? Visit http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/ to see a helpful blog about assistive technology.

12 Comments. Leave new

I have problems with my prostate continnualy(leaking or dribling at inappropriate moments and also have skin problem which causes a lot of itching some times pains and again have an appointment with a dermatologist and learn what he can or cannot do for me.

Tell me for now what you can do for me,this is costly medic wise,painful and troubling.JW.

As mentioned here above this is a combined problem I have had for years now.

Blogs, twitter, Pinterest. Opens the doors for communication.

IPad have limited functionality. Android or equivelant will can be linked to various devices incl. A large PC without having to change setting. iproducts do not integrate well with any existing technology a person may already own. An android u can attach it to your tv if you would like a larger screen to view. Nothing apple has can do this unless u already other apple products. Androids works with most technology that exists today.

I love all the forms of modern technology however, I definitely cannot afford them. I do have a newer computer that was given as a surprise gift. I also have an older Blackberry but I do not use the APPS in it because of cost and also the older model has such a small screen. There are many forms of technology that could be beneficial to many but the cost prevents the purchase.

My computer skills are not very good. I am 62 years old but I.m not very good navigating on my laptop

I find the computer and cell phone a very valuable tool to help keep me in touch with my daughter and grand children as they live in a city 120 miles away from me. It helps me maintain a very close relationship with them and my daughter can check on me every day. Yes, the expense is considerable but I need that connection with my family. When I’m in a lot of pain I even call my daughter and she’s very comforting, I have an unlimited cell phone plan so I can call regardless of where I am or text her if she doesn’t answer right away. Wonderful technology!!

Raja afaq ahmed khan
September 27, 2014 9:16 am

Knows about disability want to helps them

this is my social program I use.

Due to my disability I do use social media through the internet. I find it much easier and less stressful (which amplifies my disability). No, internet is not cheap, nor are iPads. I do have a tablet and a laptop, I only use my laptop at home, it’s too heavy to carry around, and my tablet is only a 7″ one, so a bit small. Also, it’s not hooked up to internet when I’m away from home. It would be nicer if a cheaper rate could be available. Also, I am not able to check Universities to see if they have used iPads available. I have severe social anxiety which leads to anxiety or panic attacks. So, in a nutshell, yes, internet does make it easier when one has problems with disabilities.

Michelle Fields
October 7, 2014 7:59 am

Can’t afford cable, home phone, cell phone WIFI, and any apple product my monthly income is $500 !I’m so poor I can’t even pay attention! LOL!
Laughter is the Best Medicine they say! I try but resource for someone like myself disabled and poor!
Sad really the Basics are barely affordable!
I did not sign up to become so I’ll and have a disease for the rest of my life!I’m only 52 and I feel 102????? Fibromyalgia sucks!
But my broken foot 10 weeks ago, torn rotator cuff shoulder injury a year later still waiting for surgery! And I’m trying so hard not to go completely crazy! HELP!

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