As a person who loves, and I mean loves, watching stress melt away from people's faces, because, they just figured out a problem; or they found out someone can help them get through their difficult time, making life "easier," I must say that technology can be a scary thing but truly awe-inspiring.
Last night I was apart of a "I-Pad" training session, put on by the UCP of Central MN, in conjunction with PACER, at the St. Cloud Public Library and it was fabulous! www.ucpcentralmn.org www.pacer.org
Having never used or touched an I-Pad in my life, I learned on a very fast paced scale for the lack of better words, mind-boggling capabilities of this incredible piece of technology. People who have troubles with reading can learn to read on their own in the privacy of their own homes — any age!
Parents who have Autistic children or severely disabled children can learn what their child wants, needs and is looking for because of simple programs that can be downloaded; it is unreal what possibilities are now right at our hands.
Now some might be thinking I am not technologically savvy; yep, nor am I. However, if you want to learn, need to learn, or know people that could and should learn, ask!
Ask where? Google, You Tube (has free webinars —seminars on line which you can pause, replay over and over until you get the hang of it.) Ask the agencies that are to be helping and if they aren't doing what you need, look somewhere else. That might sound harsh, as I know, if you are like me, you want answers right now.
Let me leave you with some simple advice.
1) "Practice, Patience, and Persistence always wins out in the end." — Aaron Cross
2) "You must try and do the things you think you cannot do." — Eleanor Roosevelt
3) "You don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start, to be great." — Les Brown
There is a world out there to enjoy, start now, act now, it is right there.
If you have any questions on Assistive Technology, high tech to low tech drop me a line and let me see if I can help.