Grants for iDevices

There are a many places that specialize in getting funds to children who need them. Applying for an iPad through these organizations is not a guarantee, but it’s worth a shot!

  • Little Bear Gives: Little Bear Gives is sponsoring grants to get iPads to children with CVI.
  • Babies with iPads: This site collects donations and purchases iPads for children with significant developmental and/or medical issues. The grants are rewarded as the funds are available.
  • Conover Company: The Conover Mobile Technology Grant is designed to help people with disabilities (adults and children) lead more independent lives. You can fill out their application online.
  • Different Needz Foundation: This organization raises money throughout the year to fund their grant program. Their grants go to families with children with special needs. You can tell them specifically what you want (such as an iPad) and how much it will cost.
  • First Hand Foundation: First Hand will help children with special needs fund assistive technology equipment (among other things) that isn’t covered by your insurance. They do have financial guidelines.
  • Gia Nicole Angel Foundation: This program helps by purchasing a specific item for children with special needs. Funds are awarded on a case by case basis with preference given to lower income and single parent families.
  • Gracie’s Hope: Gracie’s Hope is committed to help improve the lives of children with special needs. They can help provide needed equipment not covered by insurance.
  • Hanna’s Helping Hands: This grant is aimed at helping low-income families with children with special needs. They focus on Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Michigan, Rhode Island, and New York.
  • iHelp for Special Needs: This program provides iPads and iPad apps to families with children with special needs.
  • The Lindsay Foundation: The Lindsay Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.
  • LoudMommy: This site is dedicated to helping children who are non-verbal. They grant iPads to children who could use them to aid communication.
  • Maggie Welby Foundation: This foundation offers grants for children and families that have a financial need for a particular purpose. If awarded, they will purchase the item for you.
  • Small Steps in Speech: The mission of Small Steps in Speech is to help children with speech and/or language disorders take the steps needed to be better communicators. They offer grants to purchase communication devices (including iPads).
  • Special Kids Therapy: Special Kids Therapy’s mission is to serve children with various developmental, physical and/or emotional difficulties and their families, principally by raising money for therapies and services not covered by private/public insurance.
  • Zane’s Foundation: This site provides grants to families with children with special needs in Northeast Ohio. The geographic location is limited, but the grant can be used for anything related to your child’s needs, including an iPad.

The autism community has been especially vocal about the benefits of the iPad and because of this there are many grants aimed specifically at getting iPads for children with autism. If your child is diagnosed with autism, you may want to look into these grants:

  • Autism Care & Treatment: ACT awards quarterly grants between $100 and $5,000 to families with children with autism.
  • Autism Cares: Autism Cares sponsors a technology grant to purchase tech equipment for children with autism.
  • HollyRod Foundation: The HollyRod Foundation will assist families with children with autism in obtaining adaptive equipment (including iPads).
  • iTaalk: iTaalk’s tag line is “giving children with autism a voice… one iPad at a time!”
  • Let’s Chat Autism: Let’s Chat Autism sponsors an “iPad’s for Autism” grant.
This list was taken from http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/ipad-funding-special-needs

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