iPad Drawing Interest as Device for DisabledBy Lefkow, Chris; AFP (Agence France-Press) via Google News,
Publication Date: April 18, 2010
Article discusses uses of the Apple iPad as an assistive device for people with various disabilities. Although commonly viewed as a multi-media entertainment platform, the iPad can also function as a low-cost alternative to conventional augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices with the addition of the application Proloquo2Go, which enables people with speech disabilities to form sentences using symbols or text-to-speech technology. The iPad’s large touchscreen makes it usable for people with limited fine motor function. It is also useful for anyone with a print disability, as it functions as a book reader. However, the touchscreen controls on the device may present a challenge to users with grasping disabilities, notably the use of a pinch movement with the thumb and forefinger for some functions.
Assistive Products Discussed: PROLOQUO
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