“A 10-year-old autistic boy who relies on an iPad to communicate had heartbreak quickly turn to happiness last week thanks to the generous good deed of a fellow Portland, Oregon resident,” Beth Greenfield reports for Yahoo! Shine.

“The boy, Corbin Murr, who sometimes uses a wheelchair to get around, had his custom-app–packed iPad stolen off his chair last week while he was up and about, playing with his older cousin and caregiver, James Freeman, at a local playground,” Greenfield reports. “‘I felt really bad, you know, because that is his world,’ Freeman explained in a local KGW TV news story about the theft.’That’s his toy he communicates [with], it’s always glued to his hand, he doesn’t like sharing it with other people, and it just keeps him in his own calmness.'”

Greenfield reports, “Luckily, Portlander Charles Turner was watching the news that night. The real estate agent and father of one was so moved by the report that, after a quick discussion with his wife Jenny and their understanding 6-year-old son, he decided to donate one of the family’s three iPads to Murr… Corbin was able to sync the device from Turner with computer downloads of his apps, some of which cost as much as $50 each. For many severely autistic individuals like Corbin, iPad apps — including AAC Speech Buddy, Articulate It, MetaTouch, and Scene and Heard, according to the website Autism Speaks — can be life-changing communication tools. ”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]