Earlier this year, I began thinking a lot about iPads and their features. It seemed to me that there were some very unique aspects to the way iPads and other mobile tablets had been created and that, as many of us were involved in assessing whether an iPad would be a good tool for people with disabilities, we ought to be able to describe their features.
I asked those of you who subscribe to the Integrate AT blog and the QIAT list what you thought and I asked everyone else I could think of. "What do you think are the unique features of iPads and other mobile tablet devices? How are they different than AT options we have had previously?" For a while I wrote down all the answers. Then I tried to synthesize the results. I got a lot of help from Nichole Lakusta and others on the QIAT leadership team.
The attached document is the result of all this question asking. I hope the iPad Features list will be useful to you in your AT Consideration process. I imagine a group of people sitting down and asking, "What are the essential features of a device that would help this person do things that are difficult or impossible because of their disability?" The chart may help teams identify features when the conversation moves to iPads.
Download it here in PDF form. I'd love your comments, feedback and ideas about this approach to considering mobile technology for assistive technology use.