Here is a very interesting case. We have a young woman who was enrolled in our school this year. Let's call her Poe. She is from Burma, and speaks very little English, however she does have some functional comprehension skills. Poe also has some physical issues which result in small stature, (she is approximately 4 feet tall), and because of short digits, she experiences some difficulty with fine motor tasks. Poe is preparing to graduate high school in a few weeks.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) was called in to help place Poe into work, and to provide interventions to allow her success. Poe's job placement will be with a house and office cleaning agency. The immediate difficulty anticipated include communication with her supervisor, fellow staff, and even clients. Based on the recommendations of our wonderful local community-based Assistive Technology Program, Poe will be using an iPad. She is currently in a trial program using a few specific apps, including Visual Impact Pro, iBurmese, and So Much 2 Say.
|A video page from VIP|
|Simple Communication Page|
In addition, we hope to get the VR staff and Poe's work supervisor to setup a Google calendar on the iPad so they can set important dates with the built in reminder features setup.
We have really just begun introducing the iPad and apps to Poe. Until she's had time to use them at work, bump into problems, and solve those problems we won't know how successful this will be. I hope to post again regarding her adventures when we have more to share.
As usual, your thoughts are welcome!