iPads from 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 offer free iPads for children and young people (aged 3-18) with vision impairment in the UK, for a limited time.

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.

Thank you for your interest in Tech for All. The service is currently closed for the year, and we are no longer accepting applications. However, we have lots of other services to help support your child, email us or call 0800 781 1444 for more information.

How can an iPad help my child?

iPads 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.

We also offer other types of assistive technology if an iPad is not right for your child. Find out more about what else we offer through Tech for All and whether these would suit your child's needs.

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

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

Our Tech for All service provides families with the technology they need completely free of charge. This includes Apple iPads to use outside of school*, specialist technology and software or one of our sensory toy bundles. Our expert team can also provide personalised advice about technology to families.

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

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

Applications for this Tech for All service are currently closed.

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 specialist assistive technology devices or software (such as laptops with screen reading software, refreshable braille displays or digital magnifiers) that can provide a fully customised experience to meet your child’s preferred style of learning and way they get information. We also provide 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.

A big thank you to the Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children for helping us fund Tech for All. Their generous donation allows us to support more children and young people with a vision impairment in Wales.

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