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iPad is Magic, Revolutionary for Disabled Boy

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 32 comments

You may hate Apple, but you can't on any iProducts that makes someone's life better like this.

Touch screen devices existed long before Apple decided to utilize the technology for its iPhones, iPods and iPads, but its iOS devices have hit the mainstream in a capacity to reach everybody – and we mean every body.

Those with disabilities that keep them away from computing through traditional inputs, such as the dexterity-requiring keyboard and mouse, often find much to like about touch screens. Touch screens make it simple, as the user simply must touch or flick to navigate.

7-year-old Owen Cain from Brooklyn, NY has suffered from spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, a debilitating motor-neuron disease, since infancy. Doctors say that he would be paralyzed for life and that he would die at about two years of age.

So far Owen's bested the experts' estimates by 150 percent, and though he doesn't have the ability to operate a computer mouse, he's able to access a while new world via the iPad.

Owen's parents have invested much in computerized communications tools, but none have worked on the first try like the iPad did. Owen's grandmother bought the iPad for him, and since then his parents have invested over $200 in Apps. One such app, Proloquo2Go, allows Owen to touch an icon which then speaks that he needs to go to the bathroom.

He also has other educational apps that help him practice arithmetic, as well as reading books.

This is just one story about how an inexpensive consumer electronic has made a huge difference in the life of someone. Read more from the New York Times story.

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    buddhav1 , December 19, 2010 5:13 PM
    For those of you knocking this article, I hope you get some terrible disease and are forced to use an iPad to check tom's. Bet you won't be griping about the price then, will you?

    Shut up about your Droid>Apple crap, this isn't about that. Be happy for the damn kid, you egotistical assholes.
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    AMW1011 , December 19, 2010 3:38 PM
    While I'm not a fan of the iPad per-say, its more the company that I dislike than its products.

    Good for the kid, its always nice to see a story like this. Hope the kid keeps on defying expectations.
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    AMW1011 , December 19, 2010 3:38 PM
    While I'm not a fan of the iPad per-say, its more the company that I dislike than its products.

    Good for the kid, its always nice to see a story like this. Hope the kid keeps on defying expectations.
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    zubai , December 19, 2010 3:43 PM
    IF the boy gets a Galaxy Tab, I doubt there will be any news coverage about it.
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    Anonymous , December 19, 2010 4:20 PM
    1. Spelling errors.
    2. Inexpensive?
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    thesupermedium , December 19, 2010 4:23 PM
    zubaiIF the boy gets a Galaxy Tab, I doubt there will be any news coverage about it.


    That's because the Galaxy tab sucks. Even Google said Android 2.2 isn't meant for tablets.
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    shovenose , December 19, 2010 4:23 PM
    um, i wouldnt call it inexpensive, if its so inexpensive can you buy me 6 of them plz?
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    Silmarunya , December 19, 2010 4:27 PM
    shovenoseum, i wouldnt call it inexpensive, if its so inexpensive can you buy me 6 of them plz?


    An iPad isn't cheap compared to a generic entertainment device. However, it's dirt cheap compared to many input devices for the handicapped.

    Please don't drag everything into the absurd.
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    dapneym , December 19, 2010 4:30 PM
    shovenoseum, i wouldnt call it inexpensive, if its so inexpensive can you buy me 6 of them plz?


    I think Marcus means the iPad is inexpensive relative to the improvement in quality of life it has provided to Owen and his family. If it really has helped them that much, then I say that's great.
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    woofster , December 19, 2010 5:05 PM
    This is a true testament to the simplicity and astounding design of the iPad. This kid can't operate a mouse, yet an iPad is possible and has changed his life - probably quite significantly for the better.

    Apples business ethos may be questionable by producing products with significant flaws and improving on them bit by bit to generate maximum revenues, however the touch interface is significantly superior to its competitors in some (not all) ways.

    I say well done Apple!
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    buddhav1 , December 19, 2010 5:13 PM
    For those of you knocking this article, I hope you get some terrible disease and are forced to use an iPad to check tom's. Bet you won't be griping about the price then, will you?

    Shut up about your Droid>Apple crap, this isn't about that. Be happy for the damn kid, you egotistical assholes.
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    silver565 , December 19, 2010 5:19 PM
    I don't think this is an apple victory. He could have an andriod based tablet and achieve the same thing.

    However, it's good to see the young kid wearing a smile
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    brennon7 , December 19, 2010 5:29 PM
    Love my ipad it is truly awesome.... Love my evo 4g that tethers my wifi only ipad.....best of both worlds.
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    Maziar , December 19, 2010 5:46 PM
    Glad to read such stories :) 
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    christop , December 19, 2010 8:37 PM
    Cool..
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    xerroz , December 19, 2010 9:14 PM
    Quote:
    This is just one story about how an inexpensive consumer electronic has made a huge difference in the life of someone.


    Lol, inexpensive? suuuure
  • 5 Hide
    Darkk , December 19, 2010 10:47 PM
    WTF with these spammers?? Sheesh
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    Square_Head , December 20, 2010 12:11 AM
    the "iPotty"...
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    jrnyfan , December 20, 2010 1:48 AM
    as many have stated, it's not the products that are distasteful per say, it's the company and how they choose to buisness that is distasteful.
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    servarus , December 20, 2010 2:10 AM
    AMW1011While I'm not a fan of the iPad per-say, its more the company that I dislike than its products.Good for the kid, its always nice to see a story like this. Hope the kid keeps on defying expectations.

    Totally agreed... I hope the best for the kid.
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    darkavenger123 , December 20, 2010 2:40 AM
    Given all the money that Apple sucked from consumers from their overpriced products. It's hightime they set up a fund to donate an Ipad to all the needy disabled person. It'll generate some good karma for themselves. Say 100,000 units of IPAD foc. That'll will give them really good publicity also.

    And i wish the kid live a long and fulfilling life.
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    dogxa , December 20, 2010 5:36 AM
    I am very happy for this boy, iPad make him reborn, I think he must be very happy, As he can use the iPad playing many iPad games, and don't worried about the keyboard or mouse. And I also share kid iPad apps for this boy.
    http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/ipad/top-8-best-ipad-apps-for-kids.html
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