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Why Your DD Family Member needs an iPad

When it comes to technology, I sometimes feel like Wilma Flintstone, living in a Jane Jetson world. But

​let’s face it, technology is here to stay and if we embrace it, it can be so helpful. There are many great and wonderful digital applications available for children and adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.


Having an iPad in hand, a person with developmental disabilities becomes just a little more independent.

Even if they need some (or a lot of) support at the beginning, having an app tell you it’s time to move on to the next task is so much less “naggy” than having a support person say it over and over again.

Before I go too far into my post, I want to apologize up front if this sounds like an advertisement for Apple products. I understand, as a parent of a 17-year-old with an intellectual disability, the fear of spending a lot of money on something that might get broken, when there are less expensive options out there. Take it from me, the less expensive tablets break as well. The big difference is that the Android tablets, Amazon Fire, and Kindles do not have the apps that are available for the iPad.