The last few posts I have been singing the praises of Spectronics as a source of information and reviews for apps catering to children as special needs. I think Spectronics is a great site with experienced contributors and detailed useful information. Its Australian bias is a bonus for me.
But there are other sites out there with slightly different perspectives. Here are some I think are interesting.
1. Title: Special Needs Apps
In my last post, I introduced Spectronics, the website that I find has come closest to being an excellent resource for locating software and hardware for children with disabilities of all sorts. It is an Australian site as this blog comes out of Australia, but most of its content is universally applicable.
Spectronics seems primarily focused on the Apple ecosystem but has multiple areas of interest as indicated by the screenshot section shown below.
One of my aims for this blog is to voice opinions on tablets for assistive technologies for kids, especially kids with disabilities.
Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Obviously this covers lots of other devices such as walking frames, wheelchairs, hearing aids, even glasses. But increasingly computers especially tablets are providing new ways to help people accomplish tasks.
I do not claim any expertise in this area. I taught for many years but not in this area. I also do not have any health science qualifications. I am just offering my opinion on articles I have come across on the net, and maybe making some of this information a bit more accessible to parents and carers.
This will probably form a series of posts. I am going to start with an Australian site that has a wealth of information…
I gave the technical specs in Part 1 of this series.
Now for the subjective review.
Kwez wants me to apologise for not posting for a long while. She knows I have been busy with lots of babysitting, working on paid gigs and my other site (baltree does Ballarat) but she is right.
I should share some thoughts on Windows tablets. They were not a big hit originally – the reception to WindowsRT on Microsoft’s original Surface line saw to that. WindowsRT was cheaper than real Windows but false economy for many who did not want its restrictions – it only can run apps, not Windows desktop software.
So I will be confining my remarks to tablets running Windows 8.1Pro.
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