Michael Bettiol, a former writer for Boy Genius, recently contacted iMore about an important topic he wanted to share with the world about people with disabilities and how many of them have limited income and resources, but they aren't afforded the same discounts for Apple products that other groups of people, like students and military veterans, get. Heck, even government officials get a discount on Apple products.
It got me thinking ... Apple puts accessibility at the forefront of its technological advancements. It's not lip service. Apple really does have a strong focus on meeting the needs of people with all manner of disabilities. I've talked to a number of people that say they prefer Apple to Android specifically for this reason.
So why doesn't Apple have a program in place to help out people with disabilities in a financial capacity? Though the income of people with disabilities ranges across all financial classes, there are a number of people that live on very tight budgets. Apple products are practically essential for quality of living for some people, but they have no financial help to get these quality essentials.
It seems like a really good idea to have a program in place to offer financial assistance to low-income people with disabilities. Apple could even have guidelines for meeting eligibility, just like it does for students, teachers, military, and small businesses.
Anyway, below is Michael's message to Apple, which I'm sharing with you now, unedited (FYI, it didn't need editing because Michael is such a good writer).
What do you think? Would you like to see Apple start up a program to help people with disabilities have the financial access they need to use Apple's amazing accessibility features?
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It certainly makes sense but I think Apple is trying to avoid creating rules for which they can always be criticised.
I mean how do you start defining what a valid disability is?
I hear what you're saying. It's not as simple as asking people to enter some identification number or submit a canceled disability check, especially when people with mental health issues oftentimes aren't afforded the same official status, though they can also be dealing with significant financial issues. It's a difficult position, but one I truly believe could be worked out if Apple put resources into it. I mean ... it's Apple.
There's lots of companies that do this already, I'm sure Apple can do it, and I hope they do
I certainly agree with Michael. I would emphasize his point that many people who have disabilities are low income or fixed income and add that many have case managers who oversee benefits. Therefore, healthcare professionals should consider writing letters of recommendation to those case managers for "assistive technology" and, of course, that should often include Apple devices for all the reasons Michael has outlined. I would also add that iPads with Apple Pencils are greatly appreciated by artists with disabilities.
My son has autism. His use of the ipad moved him along in this world a great deal. I am in a place to be able to buy him a new one whenever we want. However, I agree with being presented with a deal on essential devices like this as well as the accompying software to run on said devices too. i am a huge advocate for technology for helping people with disabilities. It's great to watch. I have personally watched many persons with autism grow and expand using technology devices. it's awesome!
True. If they really want to I'm sure they can figure something out to start with and then tweak it where needed.
All things that can help people should stay available for everyone. We don't want to end up in a future like in the movie Elysium.
As an Occupational Therapist, I worked with quadriplegics. The ability to use technological devices changed people's lives from 'handicapped and isolated' to being 'engaged and productive' and more independent. In many cases, it opened the opportunity to be employed. I agree with Michael that Apple is the product that is the most accessible. As we try to be more inclusive of all people, including those with mental and physical handicaps, it would be a huge benefit to many to have the advantage of discounting pricing. Surely, it is a fairly small 'ask' of Apple.
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