I am not yet an iPad owner, I hope to get one just before or after Xmas. I registered on this iPad.net as I could do with some help and to get to learn about iPad. Iíll explain.
I am a deaf single parent living in the United Kingdom. I am a father of two hearing boys, one is 9 and the other is 8, but the older one is autism, which in short is a learning disability. It is hard and stressful for me to live my life while looking after my kids.
When the iPad came out, I only read a little about it, just curiosity and nothing more, but having seen it on television and trying out a demo model in a local Apple approved shop, I started to wonder so I read more and more about the iPad. After a few months of reading more and more reviews about it, I started to realise how it would benefit me in my life and how it can be a useful tool to help me out.
I use a desktop computer and would still prefer to use a desktop, too long to explain why but letís just say that I like to try to write as a hobby and like to try to do graphic design, so a desktop is more suited to me than laptop. I have a 12 years old computer still running on Windows 98, with slow dial-up Internet. It is in the corner with my back to the rest of the room. So if my kids popped out to the kitchen, I canít hear them up to no good, therefore if I turn my head around to check on them and noticed theyíre not in the room, I have to leave my PC to go and keep an eye on them. Always have to stop using Internet to go and check on them.
I figure that with the iPad, I could surf the Internet while walking around the house, keeping an eye on my autism son, to be ready to help him out. That is one of the many reasons why I want an iPad.
Other reasons are that I could use it as a PDA, to keep my life organized, to make sure I donít miss any important appointments, keep track of school terms and holidays as both boys go to different schools. The autism one go to a specialist school. Not only that, but there are many other apps that interest me including iBooks as I am a bookworm and so many other helpful apps that I hope will take away as much of the stress in my life as possible, helping me to cope with looking after my kids, specially the autism one and be able to enjoy a bit more of my life.
I hope to get to find any interesting information around here on iPad.net, and if I need to ask questions, I hope to look forwards to many of you being helpful.
I hope it is okay with everyone here that I do not have an iPad at the moment but it would help me a lot to learn about it for when the time comes that I get one for Xmas.
Actually I should point out that I have been a single parent for 6 years and never had much break in my life, apart from when my best friend arranged for my 40th birthday to get a chance to feed a tiger which was the most wonderful thing in my life, so the iPad is my treat for myself for doing my best for my kids and for struggling to cope with my life.
I look forwards to getting my own iPad, to using it, and to learning more about it so I can get maximum use out of it.
Thank you kindly for reading.