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iPad for Special Ed Families

The introduction of the personal computer in the late 1970’s was a culture-changing shift, but it was the introduction of a mouse-driven interface in the mid-80’s that allowed this shift to become mainstream. I believe that the mouseless, touch-screen interface of tablet devices such as the iPhone and the iPad is as great a leap forward, and makes technology accessible to even more people, including those with “special needs.” The combination of a simpler interface, network ability, rich multimedia and portability makes the iPad a particularly appropriate technology for special needs students and their families, as discussed at a presentation on Monday evening, 3 May 2011, to the Vancouver special education PTSA.
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