It Started Last Thanksgiving, Come to Think of it…

How Fun is This?

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!

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About geralynarango

Hello! My name is Geralyn Arango. I write two blogs about two very different topics: Down Gluten, Down Lactose, Down syndrome is about my family's search for a normal life in the face of my son's dietary restrictions, his disability and his wonderfulness. Dr. Mom and the iPads is a blog about my journey to the use of the iPad as an educational tool for my son who has Down syndrome and for the special education majors I teach at a university in Philadelphia. I love to write and hope through these blogs to engage in conversation with people who share an interest in either or both of my blog topics. I am also in the process of revising a soon-to-be published memoir on caregiving...I hope you will stick around until it's ready to go! G

One response to “It Started Last Thanksgiving, Come to Think of it…

  1. Seeing Nic instantly master the basics of the iPad was one of the best moments of my adult life. And knowing that he’s using it to learn reading and math (while having fun) is even better.

    Watch out, Gerry—he will soon sign up for a Netflix account to watch Pee Wee.

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