iPads Help Disabled Readers Gain Independence

The iPad is not only a great tablet and eReader, it may be a breakthrough for disabled people who are challenged with communication and motor skills.

For Owen Cain, a 7 year old with a motor-neuron disease, the iPad is the first device that has let him read on his own.

The New York Times reports: “One day this summer, his finger dangled over the title page of “Alice in Wonderland” on his iPad while his mother hovered over his shoulder in their Brooklyn home. Then, with the tiniest of movements, and thanks to the sensitivity of the iPad’s touch screen, Owen began to turn the pages of the book. “You are reading a book on your own, Owen!” Ms. Goldstein, 44, exclaimed. “That is completely wonderful.”

With applications like Ray Kurzweil’s Blio and eReaders like the iPad and Nook Color, which both offer read aloud functionality, eReading is giving independence to a group of people who may not have been able to read on their own previously.