by Robin Goldberg, M.S.P., CCC-SLP
1) Self-pay is the easiest way to secure a device, but not everyone can afford this method. Here are some ideas to make it possible:
- Have bank automatically deduct funds from your account
- Home Party (Cookie Lee Jewelry, Longaberger, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy…)
- Ask family and friends to give birthday/holiday gifts as iTunes cards
- Businesses offering percentage for your cause.
- Community outreach—local newspapers & TV stations
- Local charities (Boy Scouts, church groups, fraternal organizations, VFW…)
- Garage Sale (Don’t have items to sell, get great items you can sell at www.craigslist.org in the FREE section and www.freecycle.org.)
2) The following sites/companies allow you to set up an account for your individual child and forward site to family and friends. They can donate or purchase items for your cause.
3) Raffles and Giveaways: Deadlines always changing and they usually are raising money then give 1 iPad away at a time. Keep checking back!!!
- Check medical benefits for "Durable Medical Coverage."
- Phone your insurance company and ask, "Please assign me to a case manager that is experienced with special needs children."
- After you are provided a case manager, explain that you need the iPad as an augmentative communication device INCLUDING the Proloquo2go App (or TouchChat, OneVoice, TapToTalk, etc.). Provide as much information as you can about the application you want, and say NOTHING negative. Email the case manager about the application if they know nothing about it.
- Find supporting documentation and case studies to include with your claim. Google articles on "iPads for children with special needs" or "benefits for children with [your child's specific condition] and iPads."
- Copy your most recent speech evaluation and IEP if it indicates anything helpful. And, have every doctor, therapist, school personnel or anyone else write a letter supporting your child's need for an "Augmentative Communication device such as the iPad with Proloquo2go."
5) Writing Assistive Technology into the IEP
Assistive Tech Eval---bring your own device to show benefits
6) GRANTS - application process that usually requires denial of payment from another source, such as insurance. Specific guidelines and deadlines.
Source of information: itaalk.org
Do You Enjoy Creating?
Do you and your little one enjoy making wonderful projects together? Did you know that making fidgets balls with your child would not only enhance quality time together but using fidget balls are a proven way to enhance focus and concentration, just in time for school:
With your iPad, along with using fidget balls, your amazing kid will be one happy camper . . . in addition to being a happy student!