In the end, it took seven minutes to find Jasper an iPad. I’d spent the last few months researching and applying for iPad grants from a handful of different philanthropic organizations but got nowhere. A friend from my moms writing group put the word out to her husband’s software company here in Seattle. They commonly use iPads for testing, and replace them as new versions become available. Seven minutes after the email message was sent, our guy offered up his 3rd generation, a distinction that is somewhat lost on me, but which I appreciate nonetheless. Not only kind in his gesture, but generous, parting with the newest model rather than an older one, for Jasper’s sake. In addition, two ladies contributed iTunes gift cards to help ease the app burden.
My quest for Jasper’s iPad was not frivolous. For many special needs kids, iPads can be helpful learning and communication tools. Our vision educator first introduced one to Jasper last winter. In Jasper's case, there are stroke apps, and apps for cortical visual impairment or CVI, Jasper’s brand of visual impairment. While careful not to put too much faith in technology, my hope is the iPad will be a tool that helps hold Jasper’s visual attention - a challenge his teachers struggle with - and improve his cognitive skills.
Whoever you all are, Jasper and I send you our deepest gratitude... thank you, thank you, thank you.
Last but not least, thank you, Hollie, for making this happen.