We receive many questions from the BridgingApps community about how to get a device funded. Below we have compiled a list of organizations that grant iPads and other mobile devices to families who have children with special needs. Please use this list as a guide to explore ways to find such funding.
|Name||Program Description||Link to the Program/Application||Scope of Funding Source|
Variety offers funding directly to families who have children with special needs within the following giving areas:
Variety Freedom– equipment, products and other services designed to improve a child with limited mobility’s access to his/her community
Variety Caring – assists children with their medical needs other than mobility related resources
Variety Future Kids – services and events created for children who are disadvantaged or have any type of special need
|varietytexas.org||Children with special needs in Texas|
ACT Today! is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism achieve their full potential.
Silent Stars Foundation is a 501(c)3 founded to raise awareness of Childhood Apraxia of Speech and raise funds for Apraxia research and help provide AAC devices for children who cannot afford one.
"Project Mariposa" is an initiative of the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (theGSF) with a simple mission: to make the world more accessible to those with severe disabilities through targeted technology product grants. Mariposa is butterfly in Spanish -- theGSF's signature symbol -- and like a butterfly emerging from it's cocoon, Project Mariposa will help those with disabilities to spread their wings.
Project Mariposa is initially focusing on granting iPads to those impacted by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) -- 100 iPads in 50 weeks.
|thegsf.org||SMA Spinal Muscular Atrophy|
Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed teacher, social worker, or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review eligible applications based on established criteria and select the iPad grant recipients. Some applicants will be contacted by staff for follow up information. All applicants selected to receive an iPad 2 will be contacted on December 17. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.
Visit the AutismCares website to apply! You must create a login and select Autism Speaks iPad Grant.
Note: Please DO NOT complete the application entitled "AutismCares Application" if you are applying for an iPad. Only those applicants that complete the application entitled “Autism Speaks iPad Grant” will be considered.
Note: Only applicants in the United States will be considered. We cannot accept applications from outside the United States.
|Conover Mobile Technology Grant||
The Conover Mobile Technology Grant is to promote the use of mobile technology and their apps to improve an individual's freedom and independence.
The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software
|Texas Technology Access Program||
TTAP will loan you a communication device to try for 6-weeks for free. iPads included.
This program is through DARS (Texas Department of Rehabilitation Services).
This program uses the need to be able to access the phone system to cover Augmented Communication Devices (ACD) (aka Speech Generating Devices).
This may be a specialized item such as a Dynavox.
http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/dhhsforms.shtml & use DARS3907 STAP Speech Generating Device Application
|tx.us||Texas, devices specifically for speech-generation|
|Washington Access Fund||
The Washington Access Fund is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) established by and for people with disabilities in Washington state. Washington Access Fund provides low-interest loans and matched savings accounts to help individuals with disabilities obtain the technologies and business equipment needed to live independently and to succeed at school, at work, at play and in the community.
|The iTaalk Autism Foundation||
The iTaalk Autism Foundation’s mission is two-fold: granting iOS devices to children with a medical or educational ASD diagnosis; and to educate families, teachers and therapy providers on the educational benefits of using interactive technology with children that have any special needs.
|Friends of Jacob Foundation||
The Friends of Jacob Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization enriching the lives of families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing financial assistance to help with therapeutic interventions, socialization activities, support networks and family vacations.
|Special Kids Therapy (SKT)||
Special Kids Therapy (SKT) is a non-profit Section 501(c)(3) charity that is dedicated to assisting special health care needs children and their families obtain alternative therapies or necessities that have the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life for the child. This “support” is in the form of a scholarship to be used for those therapies or activities that are not funded by public or private insurance, other charities or government agencies.
Project iAm was developed initially for a fundraiser, Acoustics for Autism, in order to distribute money and establish scholarships with provider’s of care in the Toledo area. Our main focus is to provide support and information, resources, and financial assistance to families affected by autism.
|Babies with iPads||
Babies with iPads will be granting iPads 16GB to deserving children as often as funds allow.
As individuals of Parker’s Purpose we commit as part of our team to provide the highest level of service to ill, disabled children who are in an immediate financial crisis. We will perform our service with integrity and respect while also hoping to foster a positive self worth and self esteem in the individuals’ giving. We will strive to provide funds and professional services, regardless of race, color and/or religion, as representatives of Parker’s Purpose.
|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. This is achieved through grants and donations to service providers and qualifying charitable organizations.
*PLEASE NOTE: INFORMATION IN THIS LIST WAS COMPILED BY BRIDGINGAPPS USERS AND IS NOT REVIEWED BY, ENDORSED OR AFFILIATED WITH EASTER SEALS. IN THE SPIRIT OF THE BRIDGINGAPPS COMMUNITY, THIS LIST IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.