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ERIC Number: EJ1008215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
The Use of an iPad2 as a Leisure Activity for a Student with Multiple Disabilities
Helps, Dawn H.; Herzberg, Tina S.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v107 n3 p232-236 May-Jun 2013
Participation in preferred leisure activities is intrinsically motivating and satisfying. Many individuals with and without disabilities enjoy informal leisure activities, such as watching movies, listening to music, shopping, and going out to eat (Dattilo, Estrella, Light, McNaughton, & Seabury, 2008). Sometimes leisure activities are provided to individuals with multiple disabilities without consideration for their preferences. This situation is problematic because preferences are essential to the ability to make choices and include a person's understanding that options exist, a person has certain likes and dislikes, and a person needs to have input about the options (Guess, Benson, & Siegel-Causey, 2008). Technology has been at the forefront of recent research in the field of multiple disabilities. Individuals with and without disabilities use computers and portable media devices to watch movies, play games, take pictures and videos, socialize with others, and much more. Portable media devices with built-in accessibility features can provide independence to all individuals, but especially those with disabilities, that they may not have experienced previously (Shah, 2011). The primary purposes of this case study were to determine preferred activities available on an iPad2 for a young woman, Ariel, who had multiple disabilities, teach her the necessary skills to make choices on the iPad2, make modifications if necessary, and then teach Ariel the skills that are necessary for her to participate in the desired activities as independently as possible. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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