iPad Grant for kids with autism

When it comes to technology, I have way more ambition than skill. Getting an iPhone a couple years ago helped me see how even a novice user could find and use great apps. Diving further into the utility of technology for my personal enjoyment as well as my speech therapy practice, I was drawn to the iPad2.

Last spring my wonderful husband bought me an iPad2 (I may have given him a few helpful hints) and I dove into technology and apps with the aforementioned ambition. In addition to educational apps and therapy tools, I am impressed with the potential of the iPad2 to be used as a communication device. 

One big drawback with most communication devices is that they are bulky and heavy, therefore the children may not drag their devices with them wherever they go. I’ve also seen devices that are used primarily by adults who know the child well and can “read” them enough to select the page or icon needed. Basically when this happens, the child is communicating to an adult who then communicates with the augmentative communication device.

The iPad2, I think, will be (and already is for some of us) the Augmentative Communication device of the future. Thin and lightweight, it’s already ideal for portability. There are more communication apps becoming available daily, and they can be customized for individual needs. iPads are significantly less expensive than traditional devices and some insurance companies are catching on and starting to cover some of the costs.

Then there’s the cool factor (spoken like a true nerd still longing for coolness) that the iPad offers. LOTS of people have iPads or would like to, and children using them have devices that don’t look like “tools” but are appealing and versatile, and, well, just plain cool. On the spot, pictures can be taken and added to a communication app. Aides will not need extensive training for iPad use, because it is so user-friendly even a novice with technology (ahem, like myself) can easily learn to implement apps.

I came across a site, iTaalk.org, and saw that the iTaalk Autism Foundation is giving away an iPad a day until December 31, 2011 for children diagnosed with autism. There is an application online at their website, along with more information about iTaalk.org. Check out the resources and training for parents and professionals after you read about the grant at the link below.


5 Responses to iPad Grant for kids with autism

  1. Michelle A. Brantley says:

    Is there an age requirement for this grant? Please advise!

  2. Valerie Patrick says:

    My Grandson is 3 and was recently diagnosed with autism. My daughters only income right now is ssi disability for him. (Xavier)I am trying to get help with an ipad for him. And this site said that you are giving away one each day.

  3. melinda says:

    It is the iTaalk.org site that said it was giving away the iPad.

  4. melinda says:

    All the details we know are listed in the comments. For more info, please see the hosting site, iTaalk.org

  5. Rita May says:

    I have a 17 year old son with aspergers. How do you apply for this grant?

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