This holiday season, the iPad is most likely going to be on many wish lists.
But not everyone who gets an iPad will use it to play Angry Birds, iChat with their friends or download music. The touch-screen tablet, for which thousands of apps are available, is increasingly becoming a top communication tool for people with autism.
Apple first began offering the iPad in April 2010. In just a year and a half, the device has surpassed any other of its kind when it comes to communication and educational tools for autistic people, explained Karen Velocci of the Autism Cares Foundation.
The iPad is highly visual and customizable, making it both stimulating and comforting for an autistic student, said Velocci, who is the organization’s technology director.
And now the Autism Cares Foundation, a Richboro-based nonprofit, is helping parents and students capitalize on the benefits of this cutting-edge technology.