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Date Posted: 7/12/2013 2:46 AM ET
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Need suggestions for a device for games, books, movies, etc. that is more "user friendly" for a special needs adult who functions on about an 8-11 yr old level.  Looking for something with a decent size screen and simple to use.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 10:06 AM ET
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Love to have this info myself.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 10:53 AM ET
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Need suggestions for a device for games, books, movies, etc. that is more "user friendly" for a special needs adult who functions on about an 8-11 yr old level. 

Well, hard to say since I don't know the individual requirement of the special needs adult. But I would say any of them would do.

The important thing would be to have someone else there to load and maintain the machine, and make sure that any child protections were on or that no apps that required more payments to proceed be loaded. You wouldn't want someone racking up a lot of bills because they didn't understand they were paying money for something. (like the toddler who ended up buying a car on eBay while playing with her dad's phone. Or the 14 year-old British girl who ran up over 3,000 pounds on vacation in phone bills because she used the 'roaming' feature to upload her travel pictures to facebook.)

Otherwise, I think most tablet apps are pretty easy to start and not hard to use. Games would depend on the players level, of course. 

I can't think of one, right now, that's totally loaded off the shelf and wouldn't need some tweaking for the user. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 12:55 PM ET
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My iPad has been easy..easier than my ereaders. My friend's 5 yr old has figured stuff out on it too
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 1:40 PM ET
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There are a bunch of apps aimed just at special needs and the autistic.  The iPad is definitely marketed for this.  There must be education websites focusing on this.  

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 3:52 PM ET
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Please becareful and teach them not to flash it around. Seen many reports lately of special needs kids/adult having their ipads stolen!

Ipads are more suited to these tasks, more apps for special needs people (some rather pricey).  You could even get an older generation one for alot cheaper then the current gen.  I know they use ipads and Kindle e-inks in the special ed class at the local middle school.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 6:33 PM ET
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This is for a 58 yr old female born with brain damage.  She loves to READ (on about a 4th - 5th grade level), play card or board games, watch t.v. and take care of her cats.  On a recent trip she enjoyed playing solitaire on an iphone, although she did need some help if she hit a wrong key.   She lives at home with her mom.  They do not have a computer or internet at home but there is next door to them.  Her handicap is more mentally than physically, although she does have some coordination and memory problems.  She is easily frustrated by things she cannot figure out (such as all those remote controls we all have laying around).  So something very basic or simple will work best for her.  Something for books, movies, and a few simple games is what we are wanting for her.  

Thank you for all the suggestions, I really appreciate it.  

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 7:15 PM ET
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Unless she has acess to wifi that they pay for (otherwise it's stealing) most of these devices will be very expensive each month due to data costs.

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 9:04 PM ET
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It's family who lives next door to them and yes, they pay for their internet.  They would probably be the ones who would maintain and load the device with what she wants on it.

 

Date Posted: 7/12/2013 9:15 PM ET
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AWW Ok.. we had ppl over the back try and hack into our wifi!!

If she has acess to it then the ipad would be the best.  Ease of use depends on the app really.

Date Posted: 7/19/2013 1:40 PM ET
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I KINDLE FIRE HD is popular with parent giving them to kids PreSchool age.

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