Assistive technology for children with vision impairment

For children with a vision impairment, technology is vital. It develops learning, creativity, life skills, and ultimately, confidence and independence. 

At Guide Dogs we believe children with a vision impairment should have access to technology. Our Tech for All service offers a free Apple iPad or iPhone to children and young people (aged 3-18) with visual impairments, to use outside of school*.

We know how important these devices are to a child’s development — both to support learning at home or just to have fun and explore the activities and interests they enjoy.

How can assistive technology help my child?

Having an iPad has really helped increase Will’s independence. He doesn’t have to ask others to help him anymore. He can also keep in touch with all his friends from school, he uses FaceTime to speak to his family and enjoys playing games.
Will's mum

Unlock possibilities with Tech for All

While technology in schools remains the responsibility of local authorities, it’s important for children with no or low vision to also have their own device at home. We're committed to making this possible for children in the UK with a vision impairment, so we've offered free iPads and iPhones for children and young people (aged 3-18) with vision impairment in the UK, for a limited time. 

What assistive technology can my child get with Tech for All?

Our Tech for All services offers iPads to visually impaired children aged 3-18, while secondary school-age children (aged 11-18) may choose an iPhone instead. These tech devices have excellent accessibility features built-in as standard, such as screen magnification, voiceover and audio descriptions, to make many activities easier, like reading in larger fonts, magnifying photos and keeping in touch with friends. 

We'll be there to help you and your child make the most of their new device by providing online guides and tutorials. So your child can use it to independently play their favourite games, listen to music or audiobooks, watch shows and connect with family and friends in the format that works best for them.

How do I apply for a free device for my child?

Applications for our Tech for All service are currently closed. However, we hope to re-open the scheme in the future so if you would like to register your interest in receiving one of these devices for your child, you can complete this online form and we will be in touch if applications reopen. 

*Available while stocks last and subject to receipt of proof of a child’s vision impairment.   

Are there any other types of assistive technology or equipment available?

If these devices aren't right for your child's needs, we also offer grants for specialist assistive technology devices or software (such as laptops or desktop computers with screen reading software, refreshable braille displays, video magnifiers or enlarged keyboards) that can provide a fully customised experience to meet your child’s preferred style of learning and way they get information. We also provide grants for sensory equipment and toys, to help your child meet important development milestones with a choice of sensory packages with toys carefully selected by our experts for different age ranges.

An Apple iPad screen showing 'Siri suggestions'

We've answered some questions you might have about our Tech for All service when deciding to apply. 

Boy using iPad and holding a notebook

Take a look at our terms and conditions for our Tech for All service before you apply.

Boy typing on his Apple iPad

Tech for All learning programme

Find out how to get the most out of your child's new Apple iPad or iPhone with our Tech for All learning programme in partnership with BT and Apple.