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Many of us sometimes feel overwhelmed with all of the new technology options available. For some however, no matter what their age, it means gaining a greater sense of independence. Walter had heard about the different devices available for demonstration at theCapital Area Center for Independent Living(CACIL)by having a conversation with staff at the Braille and Talking Book Libraryin Lansing, Michigan.

Walter expressed his need to become familiar with an easier way to communicate with family and friends. He had mentioned feeling left out of the loop for so long, and at the age of 91 years old, he felt it was finally time to do something about it. Due to his progressive decrease in vision, he wanted to make sure he chose the option that would best meet his needs.

Walter was not thrilled about the Windows based screen reading programs he had tried in the past; his typing skills were not what he would have liked them to be. He decided to try out the built in Voice Over feature, alongWalter sitting and showing his new iPad with the dictation capabilities of the new iPad. This proved to be the best fit for him.

In addition to using the dictation feature for sending e-mails, Walter was amazed at the applications that are available through the App Store that could assist him in every-day tasks such as; identifying paper money, being able to see what food labels are, and getting up-to-date news on his own.

After having a hands-on experience with the iPad, Walter decided to purchase this device. With some assistance from his daughter, Walter is now the proud owner of the new iPad. He is still learning more about the tablet every day, but loves the idea of eventually knowing he can send an e-mail with little difficulty and most importantly, on his own.

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