Individuals at The Link Day Program are reaping the benefits of iPads funded by a grant from Autism Speaks, private individuals and the Medina Rotary. The iPads are also used at Camp Paradise and The Link Business Services. Studies have shown that the iPad can be an important assistive device to individuals with disabilities. iPads are not only much more affordable than other communication aids but they also carry a “cool” factor not associated with some of the other assistive technology.
There are many apps available that work to enhance speech and language development as well as emotional, life and social skills. Fundamental skills such as reading, writing and math become fun and exciting on the iPad. Free apps are provided to the program by Pufferfish Software. A favorite and incredibly helpful Pufferfish app is Touch Talking which has an easy to navigate menu and intuitively simple controls. Touch Talking allows individuals to learn basic words and communicate effectively through a touch on the screen.
Jennifer Carrick, SSA with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, explained the many benefits the iPads offer in the program. “It allows visual scheduling, assistive communication and the iPad can be customized to each individual’s needs,” she said. “It is amazing what technology can do to bring out the best in people with developmental disabilities.”
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