iPads opening doors for disabled in Cornwall


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The Crowder family will experience their very own Christmas miracle in a few short weeks, thanks to a since-departed techno- logical visionary. Mike and Brenda Crowder will be able to communicate with their 29-year-old devel- opmentally disabled son, Ryan, over Christ- mas dinner, thanks to what is turning out to be the late Apple founder Steve Jobs’ great- est creations – the iPad. “I’m full of hope again,” said Mike during an emotional press conference at Open Hands on South Branch Road in Eamers Corners. “This is going to make the best Christmas ever.” After 30 years, he had begun to lose hope of ever communicating with his son, he told reporters as tears welled up in his eyes. But a breakthrough application that runs on Apple’s iPad has given him a renewed op- timism. “We think the future looks very good for him. The possibilities of the world are going to open up to him,” he said. Staff at Open Hands brought in a client named Annie to demonstrate just how eas- ily she has been able to adapt to the new technology to improve her communication with staff. Reporters were able to see her ask for a cup of tea and then place a request for a doughnut simply using the iPad. Open Hands has just begun introducing the iPads in a bid to improve communica- tion with the developmentally disabled children and adults ranging in age from five to 77, said Cheryl Lapointe, director of sup- port and services. They are making the push to adopt the iPads as communication tools after a staff survey indicated their clients are misunder- stood in disheartening 85 per cent of their interactions.


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Even though the iconic Apple product has dropped in price, it is still out of reach for clients whose only income is a paltry $120 provincial disability payment. “We’re asking Santa Claus for lots of iPads,” Lapointe smiled. Ryan had spent his whole life unable to communicate even his most simple wants or needs, turning him into in an angry and frustrated child inside the body of a man. “Can you imagine if that happened to you every day of the year, every moment of your life at home? I just can’t describe the frustra- tion that goes through him,” Crowder said. But much to his surprise, his son immedi- ately took an interest in the iPad. “He was actually trying to communicate with us after a one-minute demonstration. It was a pretty easy sell after that,” Crowder laughed. “I was shown that day there was hope for my son to be able to communicate. I’m on board. I’m really on board with this pro- gram.” Mike Crowder, the father of a develop- mentally disabled son, speaks during a press conference Thursday at Open Hands in Cornwall. DONATE BETWEENDECEMBER 5TH TODECEMBER 12TH AND EARN DOUBLE STAMPS ONYOUR STAMP PASS. * Donationmustbeequaltoagrocerysizeshoppingbagorabox. **Thiscouponmustbepresentedatthetimeofdonation inordertoreceivetheoffer. Help Big Brothers & Big Sisters with every donation. Onecouponpercustomerperday&cannotbeusedonpriorpurchases,not validonSaleday,cannotbecombinedwithanyothercouponsorspecials. RedeemableatCornwallLocationonly. ✃ ✃ ✃

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