Originally Posted by Apple ][
I actually have a friend who has a severely mentally disabled brother. I would never call my friend's brother a retard, because he has more intelligence than some of the Fandroids and Apple haters who are here. I'm also pretty sure that the severely mentally disabled brother of my friend could accurately predict that a product like the iPad would be an enormous success and not a flop.
I am going off topic but..
The iPad has turned out to be a fantastic tool for teaching kids with learning disabilities, autism or retardation. What was not expected is that some kids classified as retarded are far smarter then they were originally thought to be. Why? Because with the correct programs the iPad has helped them communicate in way's that were not possible before.
There is a video on the interwebz of a teenager that could not vocalize and lacked the fine motor control necessary to write. He used to communicate primarily using charades and gestures. Watching him effortlessly communicate using the iPad and the look of pure happiness on his face while using it made even my evil black heart feel all warm and fuzzy.
As a side note- the kids using this are not being assisted in the manner that kids doing that assisted typing thing. This is purely them not some assistant subconsciously typing for them.