iPad Provides Voice for Bar Mitzvah Boy
03/07/2012 - 02:06
Rabbi Jason Miller
Michael and Suzanne Emmi used an iPad to help their autistic son Matthewat… (ESSDRASMSUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF)
Michael and Suzanne Emmi used an iPad to help their autistic son Matthewat… (ESSDRASMSUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF)

One of the great uses of the Apple iPad is for children with disabilities. Steve Jobs was acutely aware of that important use of the tablet that was one of the gadgets of which he was most proud. 

A recent article in the Boston Globe demonstrates just how helpful the iPad is for children with disabilities. Steven A. Rosenberg writes about Matthew Emmi, a bar mitzvah boy who is severely autistic.

"When it was time for him to say a prayer before the Torah, he touched the screen of an iPad. Matthew is severely autistic and cannot read, write, or speak sentences. His family, friends, and educators never know exactly what he is thinking, but they know Matthew likes going to synagogue. He has been a regular at the Sunday service at Andover’s Temple Emanuel, where h  e hums, claps and smiles when Cantor Idan Irelander plays traditional Hebrew prayers on his guitar."

The complete article about how Matthew Emmi used an iPad to make becoming a bar mitzvah possible is available on the Boston Globe website.

 

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