DAVIE, Fla. (CBSMiami.com) – The Apple iPad has been revolutionizing personal computing for the past two years. Now, researchers at Nova Southeastern University are using the handheld device to help treat spinal cord injuries.

The Occupational Therapy Department used a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to buy 20 iPads to treat disabled patients.

Researchers think that the lighter-weight iPad and it’s touch screen will give patients better access to the technological world including the Internet, social media, and GPS. Plus, NSU researchers say it will help spinal cord victims keep their mind stimulated by easily reading books and newspapers.

The program has so far given out eight iPads to patients suffering spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and an amputee.

Comments (3)
  1. Jonathan Walden says:

    This is absolutely Fantastic! Love to see this kind of technology. And good for Craig. Really inspirational!

  2. Wren says:

    Many of these clients are the least likely to have access to technology and the advantages it offers for education and practical information. I am excited to see iPads -placed into their hands and possession!

  3. M.Ferrin says:

    How can I obtain one for a family member with C-5 quadriplegia? I am willing to train him and help with whatever research you need. I am an OT in Palm Beach County. Please reply ASAP, as I am planning a trip to OH to visit him soon.

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