Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Funding Ipads for Kids with Special Needs

As a teacher of the visually impaired and assistive technology specialist working in the area of early intervention, many of the families I consult with refer to private funds to attain ipads since Medicaid has yet to see iPad Technology as a useful, fundable technology.

Until Then, here are a few resources for funding an iPad through other revenue sources:

(Please Note:  I will add resources to this list as I learn more.  If you know of any others that you feel should be on this list, please let me know in the comments below).

1. Fundraise: is a fantastic website that many of my clients and families have used to help fundraise to acquire iPads and other adaptive technologies. gives the user a platform and virtual space to inform others about their cause. Additionally, many of the families have integrated Twitter, Facebook Pages, and Pinterest into the fundraising page as well.  This has also helped them network with other families doing similar causes . 

2. Scholarship or Grants: The following companies have been known to give students appropriate assistive technology (beyond ipads) after an extensive application process:

First Hand Foundation

Conover Company

3. Save! Save! Save!

Mint is a FREE website geared to help users budget their monthly spending and help create savings goals.  It is a very visual, user friendly website that I strongly recommend.

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