Touchscreen tech gives voice to disabled people

When Kirsten Deane started to teach her daughter Sophie to read, it was harder than it needed to be.

It wasn’t so much that Sophie, 10, has Down syndrome and a hearing impairment that makes speech quite difficult for her. Ms Dean found there was a lack of technology to assist.

When I started a reading program with her five years ago, I was making up books for her using photos of our family and then matching them with symbols — a whole way of reinforcing literacy, Kirsten Deane said.

I spent a lot of time printing out photos, laminating them and having them bound.

But technology, like tablets and smart phones, now offer an easier alternative to making these books.

Having a tablet would have made it extraordinarily easier, Ms Deane said.

If I’d been teaching her now, I would’ve done it on the iPad for her and it could have included me reading to her as well — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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