As technologies develop, so do the opportunities for people with disabilities to communicate with others, as well as engage in social networking and entertaining activities. In many cases, only physical disability limits the input and output of an intelligent thinking brain. The development of the iPad has had a particular impact. Its size, construction and capabilities allow people with limited or no functioning speech and or restricted physical movement, a means to interact without frustration and with great success in the world around them.
Following success with grant applications to purchase 20 iPads, Camp Breakaway launched its new and exciting iPad program on Sunday 30 October 2011. Camp Breakaway's iPads also have an impressive list of apps for children and adults with disabilities.
The video below is about John Craven, who was a perfectly healthy 12-year-old boy in 1983 until he was hit by a four-wheel-drive with a bullbar in Sydney and sustained an acquired brain injury. See what happens when a stranger gives him an iPad. Before 2011 for 28 years, his main form of communication was a QWERTY alphabet board on which he had to point to every letter of every word he wished to say.
Camp Breakaway now utilises iPads in all of its respite camps for children and adults with disabilities and looks forward to obtaining more.
Camp Breakaway is eternally grateful to Doyalson Wyee RSL Club, Halekulani Bowling Club, Network of Caring, Toukley RSL Club and the Wyong Rugby League Club Group for their sponsorship and incredible support of this program.
- Introduce an exciting new activity for adults and children, including siblings, young carers and parents.
- Show campers with communication difficulties what is possible with modern technology.
- Improve communication between camper and volunteer.
- Highlight the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
- Display Camp Breakaway's willingness to embrace new technology and innovative programs.