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Funding for iPads and Mobile Devices
We’ve said many times here on this blog that iPads, iPods, and other iOS devices are inexpensive alternatives to other supports for children with autism. While this is true, it is also true that the cost of these devices — and the cost of some of the most helpful apps — are still out of reach for many families.
We’ve put together a quick guide to resources that may help you get money for an iPad to support your child or student with special needs.
You may need an assistive technology evaluation before applying for insurance coverage. In some cases, you may be able to request funding for assistive apps. Make sure you understand what is required by different insurances or programs in order to qualify for the device as well as necessary apps.
- Autism & Five Steps to Getting an iPad Covered by Insurance: At AutismSupportNetwork.com, Dawn Sconfienza Gaita shares advice for getting your own insurance company to cover costs for an iPad to be used as an augmentative communication device. The article includes links to sample letters that may be required from physicians or speech therapists.
- How to Get an iPad (or other AT/AC device) Funded, which is feaured at TACAnow.org, includes advice on working with schools for funding or going through Medicaid, if you have coverage. This post also includes sample letters that may be required. (This post also has suggestions for a successful assistive technology evaluation.)
- Find local programs by searching for your state + “assistive technology” at AutismSource.org.
- BridgingApps.org publishes a Funding Sources Directory for iPads and Other Mobile Devices.
If your child does not qualify for any of the above programs, look into Apple’s Education discounts.
If you know of other sources of funding, please share in the comments and we will update our list.
Editors note: We’ve read about allegations of fraud concerning fundraisers for iPads for special needs children. Please use your discretion when researching programs, whether to apply for funding or donate to the cause of equipping children with special needs with tools for support.