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4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities

4 Ways iPads Are Changing the Lives of People With Disabilities | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Touch devices like the iPad are revolutionizing the lives of children, adults and seniors with special needs.

 

Noah Rahman has moderate Cerebral Palsy affecting his communication, cognition and upper and lower body movement. 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.

 

Sami Rahman, co-founder of SNApps4Kids, a community of parents, therapists and educators sharing their experiences using the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone and Android to help children with special needs. 

 

“Touch has made it exceptionally accessible — everyone has an iPad, everyone has an iPod,” says Michelle Diament, cofounder of Disability Scoop, a source for news relating to developmental disabilities. “If you’re someone with a disability, having something that other people are using makes you feel like part of the in-crowd.”

 

Here are four ways that touch devices are changing the lives of people with disabilities.

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Seven assistive technologies born from science fiction

Seven assistive technologies born from science fiction | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it

Oscar Wilde wrote “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”. One area Wilde’s comments may be disproportionately inverse is the current technological evolution. Whether it is prognostication or just very well developed details for the storyline, comics and science fiction in general have invented or showcased assistive technologies well before their time.

 

Here are a few assistive technologies that were utilized on the page and silver screen way ahead of their actual introduction to real life.

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Georgie App For The Blind Helps Visually Impaired Android Users Navigate Everyday Life

Georgie App For The Blind Helps Visually Impaired Android Users Navigate Everyday Life | Geek Therapy | Scoop.it
Whether it is getting off a bus or reading a menu, a new app aims to make life easier for the blind or visually impaired.

 

Called Georgie, the app for Android devices enables people with little or no sight to accomplish daily activities that could be difficult for them.

 

The app can make calls or send texts but it also provides location-based technologies, which can let users know, for example, when the next bus is coming, which direction they're facing, or the ability to set location-based reminders.

 

"You can actually record a GPS-tagged voice label to say ‘dangerous steps' and as you're approaching it the phone will tell you that there are dangerous steps there," explained Alan Dean Kemp, the chief technology officer. Kemp added that the app is not meant to replace a seeing-eye dog, but to provide added assistance.

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