Communication is an aspect of raising a child with autism that can be problematic. Some of our kids are verbal, but they have trouble expressing their needs and wants. Other kids only speak in scripting or echolalia. Another group of children with autism doesn’t talk by mouth at all. Most parents want to be able to help their children find ways to communicate. For parents of children that have a child that is minimally verbal or non-verbal, it can mean that they need to find alternatives to oral speech for communication. There are PECS cards, sign language, and electronic devices that can be used for speech.
Electronic devices are often the go-to option for teaching communication. However, these devices can be expensive, and they require applications that can be even more costly. Many parents with children on the spectrum are strapped financially and lack the resources for electronic devices. Thankfully, many organizations offer scholarships and grants for Ipads and tablets for children on the spectrum. After an exhaustive search of the internet, many dead links, and numerous dead ends, I was able to find five organizations that offer grants for families for Ipads.
As an FYI, the links are good for right now, but as I’ve learned, they can be subject to change. I noticed numerous organizations listed on other pages that at one time offered the grants and the pages no longer exist or the organization no longer exists. As of today, September 26, 2017, this is the list I have come up with for families.
ACT Today! For military families raising children with Autism. They offer quarterly grants designed to provide access to children with Autism. The payments are made directly to pre-approved treatment providers, accessor or material vendors. Grant dollars are based on the annual fundraising of each year. https://www.apraxia-kids.org/casana-announces-2017-ipads-for-apraxia-application/ Danny’s Wish Grants for children on the spectrum that are minimally verbal. Applications are accepted from September 1 – December 1 each year. The grant has been available since 2011. Disabled World Grants for Ipads to assist children on the spectrum with education. Apps are also available to help with the classroom experience. The Puzzling Piece They request families to sell 60 qualifying puzzle pieces in any combination, and they will provide an Ipad to your child. Get started on your applications today as many of these are grants are time sensitive. All the pages have resources where you can reach out if you have questions. We wish all of you the best of luck in finding funding for your device. Good luck!