739187 ipadFiona Bligh never thought she would get a response when she sent an email to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. But, the story of her daughter Holly's unique experience with her iPad inspired Steve so much that not only did he write back to Fiona, but Steve asked if he could share her story as well.

Fiona's daughter has albinism. It affects pigment in her skin, hair color and also her vision. The Australian Herald Sun wrote about nine-year-old Holly, noting that her iPad has replaced the large magnifying glass she needed to read. She can quickly enlarge text and is now much more enthusiastic about reading, and can read for twice as long without getting tired.

In her email to the Apple CEO, Fiona shared that "all the other kids think it's awesome that she gets an iPad!" Steve wrote back:

Thanks for sharing your experience with me. Do you mind if I read your email to a group of our top 100 leaders at Apple?

He signed the email "Thanks, Steve".

Top Rated Comments

BiteMyApple Avatar
128 months ago
Magical or not, it's nice that new technologies like the iPad help those with various impairments get educated.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
soco Avatar
128 months ago
I love the name Fiona :) Beautiful name.

Also interesting to see a Steve response longer than 3 words ;) I have a story too, Steve. Steve?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eddyisgreat Avatar
128 months ago
"The iPad is nice but it's just a giant iPod."
"Tablets are still toys, you can't do anything serious."
"Apple's iPad is too simple. Not enough buttons and flashing lights."

And yet it still manages to change lives. Amazing.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tonyshucraft Avatar
128 months ago
As somebody whom is visually impaired, ever since I've gotten my first macbook pro, I've really been a fan of how they handle accessibility. Even on the iPhone. I can see well enough to get around the iPhone without turning on any specific features, but I can actually see people I know whom are totally blind using one.

Also, in the end, for those whom need screen readers or programs that zoom to make everything bigger, Macs end up being cheaper than many equivalent PC options and work better, from my experience.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
outphase Avatar
128 months ago
Also interesting to see a Steve response longer than 3 words ;)

That's how you know this is a complete fake! :p
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NAG Avatar
128 months ago
I guess this is proof that this org chart (http://fireballed.org/linked/2011/06/29/org-charts/) is real.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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