The HollyRod Foundation is donating Apple iPads to children who have autism and are either nonverbal or have severe difficulty communicating. According to the foundation, one in every 110 kids has been diagnosed with Autism, and 25% of those may never develop verbal communication. Fortunately, the iPad in combination with special software can give many of these kids the ability to communicate.
To receive an iPad, the family must meet income requirements. Software for the iPad will be purchased with a gift card from the foundation, and you must have a professional (speech pathologist, doctor, teacher) working with your child who is willing to take responsibility for the card.
To apply, download and complete the application here at the HollyRod website . (“Holiday 2010 iPad Application” at the bottom of the page.)
Applicants have to attach documentation of your child’s diagnosis,verbal abilities, and financial need. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2010. Grantees will be notified in January of 2011.
For more information about the HollyRod Foundation, visit the HollyRod website.
Click Here to see a previous blog on the accessibility features of the iPad.