Following the communication example, you would want to have written by your child’s speech therapist, pediatrician, neurologist, behaviorist or any other applicable professional.
Remember that many charities or programs will want to see that you already asked your insurance and were turned down, so be sure to get that denial in writing and hold on to that letter!Another place to go to for an i Pad is your child’s school district.Contacting nearby charities can be difficult (first you have to figure out which organizations are in your area and then figure out how to contact them), but often they are more receptive than the big national organizations.Most communities have a Lion’s Club and since they focus on helping people who are blind, they can be the perfect place to start. However, we’ve also found that when looking for help with big ticket items, the Lion’s Club can help, but often can’t cover the full cost so we’ve had to look elsewhere as well. Check out this list and see if any have affiliates in your area.The autism community has been especially vocal about the benefits of the i Pad and because of this there are many grants aimed specifically at getting i Pads for children with autism.
If your child is diagnosed with autism, you may want to look into these grants: Local charities are often very happy to help children in their community.
They may test your child’s response to a few different assistive devices and then report back on which ones worked best.
Next, call a meeting to amend your child’s IEP and add in the need for the i Pad as well as training with the device and the specific apps your child will be using (all to be provided by the school).
From GPS apps that help with Orientation & Mobility to high-tech communication apps that take the place of much more expensive equipment, the i Pad is becoming the go-to device for children with special needs.
Plus the i Pad’s accessibility features are remarkable!
You can also send along any article you’ve found related to using an i Pad as a communication device (the more academic the article the better it will be received). First of all, you can always ask for reconsideration (we’ve had to reapply for coverage of an item before and had it accepted on the second request).