Nonprofits Use Technology to Empower People with Disabilities

Technology is often talked about as a disruptive force, but it can also be an invaluable assistant for those who need help the most.

When Stephanie Utzman’s son Adler was born, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects his ability to speak.

Four years ago, she equipped him with an Apple iPad device and a special app that lets him communicate. The software comes with preloaded vocabulary words that allow Adler to tap on symbols, such as food or toys, to explain what he wants, needs or feels – and the tablet reads the messages out loud.

“My son can speak a handful of words, but doesn’t always use them in the correct context.

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