When the iPad came out, it was as if a new light bulb had been invented. I know Steve had to know how incredible this would change the world, but I wonder if he really knew how it would change the lives of individuals with disabilities. I wanted to tell him myself but I missed the chance to do so.
For the last ten years, I have worked matching assistive technology with people who have disabilities, whether it be quadriplegia, autism or something in between. Our center has hundreds of devices that help people of all abilities to communicate, to access computers, and to learn. Of all the equipment in our Library, I would say the iPad is the most versatile piece of equipment we have. By downloading apps, people who couldn't talk before, can express themselves with apps such as Proloquo2Go. For those who are physically disabled and unable to use a keyboard, the iPad requires just a touch or swipe... and access the world! For those who are visually impaired, the built-in accessibility features allow easier reading and navigation. This device has been the most incredible piece of technology that has leveled the playing field for those who weren't able to play on that field in the first place!
If I could, I would tell Steve that he has made the world a better place, one where people with disabilities could excel like never before, enjoy things that once only able-bodied persons could enjoy. If I could, I would show him the faces of the parents who cry when they see their child with autism experience this phenomenon all by themselves. If I could, I would tell him that my husband who has been a quadriplegic for over 30 years, is now for the first time, able to use this piece of technology.... without any expensive adaptation! If I could, I would tell Steve how he has blessed our lives and we are so appreciative he shared his gift of genius with the world. But since I missed my chance to tell him these things myself, I'm sure the angels in heaven are telling him themselves. God bless you!
Diana Leonard, Dayton, Ohio.