iPads give special-needs students a voice - Local News - News - General - The Canberra Times
Nine-year-old student Alana walks into Hughes Take Away and places an iPad on the counter.
Her fingers glide across the screen, flicking between views and pushing buttons before a voice from the device's speakers says, ''Hello, I'd like to order fish cocktails.'' Alana completes the request with a smile.
Store owner Nita Dorizas asks, ''Would you like a drink as well?''and Alana pushes more buttons. ''Yes. Fruit juice. Apple,'' her device replies.
The Malkara School student, who has a moderate intellectual disability that prevents her from speaking, is among dozens of special-needs students finding a voice through the wonders of technology.
The iPad is not the first device to offer voice output programs but it is proving to be the most adaptable and affordable for families who have paid up to $20,000 in the past.