One of the many reasons I like the iPod touch and iPad is the price. The 8GB iPod touch is $199 or less, and the 16 GB iPad is $499. The prices enable the opportunity for children to have a great educational solution at school and/or home. It also allows me – as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology specialist – to have a great tool for professional use.
When special education hardware was/is 1000’s of dollars and software is priced at 100’s, it prohibits access. Not just for children, but for me as well. My organization won’t pay for it, and I can’t justify purchasing it out-of-pocket. But, now, with Apple mobile devices priced reasonably, and many apps priced at free-$4.99, I can have access.
I can have 24/7 access because I purchased Apple mobile solutions out of pocket. At work or home, I can easily prepare for trainings and therapy. For example, I’m able to easily learn the ins and outs of an augmentative communication solution such as Proloquo2Go. It enables me to be so much more competent with equipment, as a presenter and a clinician.