Aunt Gail started it all, really. Designer extraordinaire, she knows her technology and she knows her nephew. It was Gail who said, “Gerry, you’ve got to see Nic with the iPad,” long before we knew much about it’s educational value for students with disabilities. On Thanksgiving 2010 it was just Skee Ball, Veggie Samurai and a little bonding time with Aunt Gail.
By the spring of 2011, it was a conversation with Nic’s educational team: Could we try out an iPad to help Nic meet his goals? The answer was a definite “maybe.”
But I couldn’t wait for the district to buy an iPad to try out in Nic’s classroom. I jumped on apple.com and found a refurbished iPad at a bargain price. I bought an Otterbox, the toughest case they make, and we were in business.
Lots of parents with disabilities are all about the iPad — the simplicity of access, the bazillion apps available at crazy affordable prices, the “cool” factor that appeals to Nic like no other device I’ve seen — dignified accessibility!