Getting Started: iPads for Special Needs

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About the author:
My name is Sami Rahman. My wife Laura and I are the parents of 2 children, a boy named Noah who is 4 and a girl, Maya age 2 (at the time of this writing). We live in Houston, Texas. Noah has Cerebral Palsy as well as a condition known as Short Gut Syndrome. Professionally, I run a technology company, so I am very comfortable around computers.

As I got more involved with the iPad, I began attending meetings with a group of parents to share use, apps and advice all centered around the iPad(r). The group was originally called iPads for Parents, and was started by Cristen Reat in October 2010. In November 2010, I started a website named Special Needs Apps for Kids ( The goal was to create a website where we could capture the information we were exchanging in our group meetings and make that information accessible to a larger audience. In May of 2011, we decided to merge our efforts with Easter Seals of Greater Houston. Easter Seals is the largest service provider to the special needs community in North America, so it was a natural fit. It has been a great partnership.

As started to really take off, it became clear to us that we really need to better understand the world of assistive technology and be able to speak to a much broader audience, so in the summer of 2011, Cristen and I took a Assistive Technology Applications Certification Program offered by California State University. This course, the people I met, and the things I learned have had such an enormous impact on how I think, how I problem solve, how I approach every new challenge when it comes to the iPad, and how I respond to the various issues we are presented with at In 2012, became TM - same mission, different name.

Getting Started: iPads for Special Needs

Authored by Sami Rahman

The iPad can be a very powerful tool for the special needs user, but deciding to buy one is not the end of the story. This handbook addresses not only why you should consider an iPad for your special needs user, but also which one to buy, the accessories that may be necessary for a special needs user - case, stylus, keyboards, switch access, Braille interfaces, wheelchair mounting and more - all with a particular focus on the special needs user. This book will also guide you through goal setting, basic and advanced set up options, finding apps and encouraging your user to interact with the iPad.

Getting Started: iPads for Special Needs covers
- What the iPad is, what it can do for your special needs user, and why you should buy one
- What iPad you need to buy, including the device itself, appropriate accessories, assistive technology and adaptation
- How to set-up your iPad, with basics such as buying apps, syncing and back-up
- Goal setting
- Advanced set-up options
- Accessibility features
- Alternative Augmentative Communication on the iPad
- Getting the most from your iPad - finding apps, creating your own content
- Maintenance and Troubleshooting on your iPad

Co-founder of (part of Easter Seals of Greater Houston) and parent Sami Rahman presents a clear roadmap for not only determining whether or not an iPad would be helpful to your special needs user, but which version to buy, how to set up and protect your iPad with the special needs user in mind. Advanced set-up options, using Apple's built-in accessibility options, apps and accessories are all discussed, as well as Tips and Tricks for using the iPad with the special needs user.

Publication Date:
0985168005 / 9780985168001
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.5" x 9.25"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Special Education / General

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