An Australian news station recently ran a story about how communication applications on iPads and tablets can work as assistive devices for people with disabilities. The station, UOWTV, met with young adult Jordan Taunton and her mother, Jody Taunton, in the fun video below. Jordan has cerebral palsy, and relies on the communication apps on her tablet to speak and express herself. In Australia, 34,000 people have cerebral palsy. Currently, Jordan uses the communication app Proloquo2Go, as mentioned in the video. According to the producer, Proloquo2Go is a “Symbol-supported communication app to promote language development and grow communication skills, from beginning to advanced communicators.” It is currently only available in English.
The story also discusses how hospitals have begun to use communication apps, both for therapy aids and for patients who have had strokes. Jody Taunton believes that, “technology has come a very, very long way, especially for people with special needs. I think it’s really their world, and if, looking in the future, Jordan had the opportunity to have a job, I think technology would be in her favor.”
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