11710 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 18, 2013 8:10 AM by duncanfromseattle
Good article here: http://www.newsoxy.com/ipad/for-disabled-12921.html
And more here: iPad / Accessibility Help
iPad: Configuring accessibility features (including VoiceOver and Zoom)
Considering your geographical location, try the Apple store here for contact information.
Hopefully that will get you started....
We are looking at how useful an iPad will be for a relative with multiple sclerosis. Here are some other useful links:
the ipad is a good option for some people who have communication limitations, but there is a range of technologies that are specialized specifically for verbal communication and that have multiple mode of access (e.g. touch screen but also mouse, head movement, eye gaze, switch, etc.) with a progressive disability people often change cognitively and physically and the ipad my not support other access methods or strategies to accomodate these changes.
there are therapists and specialists who can help you identify the best option from the range of technology choices available. they can also help with information regarding how medical insurance can help to pay for the devices, set up and training on use.
a good place to start to look for such a professional is to visit http://www.resna.org and click the "find certified AT professionals." you can search by state and zipcode. also, resna keeps a list of the assistive technology assistance centers in each US state. these center usually keep lists professionals who can perform AT evals.
I have an iPad and tried it out with a friend's teenage daughter who is severely disabled with Cerebal Palsy.
She could not operate my App (Grace App for Autism) as she couldn't use a single finger to touch the screen.
But we quickly loaded iComm - http://miasapps.com/icomm.html with her favourite pictures and she could drag the desired pics across the screen with a clenched hand and make a choice.
We used the free upload but for a few euros more you can get the upgrade and record a voice tag to each item. The speakers on iPad are very good so you could hear it from a distance away.
For pre-programmed choices you can also get http://www.iword.ie/iphone/talkforme/talkforme.html Which you would set up by typing in key phrases and tagging them with a photo. The user selects the photo and a voice synthesiser says the words. Again, on an iPad it is nice and loud.
Both these apps were developed by Fathers of Disabled People who really understood their need.
I know they would both be happy to talk to you and you could contact them through the websites above.
Good luck and I hope this helps. xx