CNN Money recently highlighted how an iPad is helping a toddler who was born deaf to learn how to talk by remotely connecting him to a speech therapist some three hours away via Facetime. The initiative, fittingly called BabyTalk, is run as a partnership between Stanford University and the Weingarten Children's Center, and serves to highlight how technology can truly leave a lasting impression on the lives of those around us.
The family is one of 25 taking part in a free program that uses iPads to connect children under three who have or are getting cochlear implants with a remote support network of professionals. They conduct regular speech therapy appointments over an iPad, track progress over email, and call in with questions about everything from tech support to family issues.
As tech junkies, it's easy to become obsessed with specs, updates, and features of a particular device, operating system, or app. There's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes we lose sight of just how these technological innovations can leave a positive impact on the lives of those with disabilities.
For much more on BabyTalk, including details on how the program could help make telemedicine a reality, check out the CNN Money piece from the source link below.