Following the communication example, you would want to have written by your child's speech therapist, pediatrician, neurologist, behaviorist or any other applicable professional.
Include your child's latest speech assessment and maybe even videos of your child using an i Pad in therapy.
In order to get a school to purchase an i Pad (particularly one that is intended for one student's use and not the entire classroom), you'll have to follow the same steps you use to get a therapy or accommodation written into your child's IEP.
Here's an inspiring story about a family in Pennsylvania who was able to get an i Pad funded by their Lion's Club and another local charity working together. Another option is to just try to raise the money yourself. If you figure that you'll need at least 0 for the i Pad and maybe another 0 for a protective cover and apps (depending on what you'll be using the i Pad for), that's still well under 00.
How many donations would you realistically need to reach your goal?
You can't just say, "I hear they're great for special needs kids!
" Do your research and know which apps in particular you want to use and which needs they will be addressing.
Be sure to request that your insurance also covers the communication app, though, since those can also cost hundreds of dollars.
On the other hand, if you just want to play with the i Pad and use it to help teach your child about cause-and-effect or how to take turns (which is primarily how we use our i Pad with Ivan), I'm sure the insurance company would turn you down.For example, I think it makes perfect sense to ask your insurance company to cover an i Pad if you plan to use it as a communication device.You can argue that an app like Proloquo2go would be beneficial for your child and would cost much less than stand alone communication equipment (like a Dynavox).There are a many places that specialize in getting funds to children who need them.Applying for an i Pad through these organizations is not a guarantee, but it's worth a shot!There's a reason why everyone's talking about i Pads...