Apple shares new short film on autism proves that accessibility features matter

Americas, News, April 5 2016

Apple has released a new pair of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the effect that technology has on people with disabilities. The video, called “Dillan’s Voice,” features a teenager named Dillan Barmache, a 16-year-old kid who is autistic, and shows how he uses Apple products to express his thoughts.

Dillan using iPadThese two films are powerful and also make a strong point in favor of accessibility features, specialized apps for people with autism.

“All my life I wanted so badly to connect with people, but they couldn’t understand, because I had no way to communicate. I get to experience in a very unique way. I can see the wind, hear the flowers, I can feel incredible emotions flowing from the ones I love,” Barmache says in the video.

“So many people can’t understand I have a mind. All they see is a person who is not in control. But now you can hear me. The iPad helps me to see not only my words but hold on to my thoughts. Having a voice has changed everything in my life.”

Apple also released a second video called “Dillan’s Path” featuring Barmache, his mom Tami and his therapist/communication partner Deborah Spengler.

“Dillan’s Voice” and “Dillan’s Path” can both be seen below:

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