Assistive technology and grants

We believe the right assistive technology – sometimes called ‘access’ or ‘adaptive’ technology – can help your child learn and play, just like everyone else.

That’s why we help children and young people access a world of technology designed to suit their vision impairment, from computer equipment to Braille devices. And we may even be able to help you fund it.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology includes laptops, tablets and computers, Braille devices, magnifying equipment, speech software, and multi-sensory items. Using adaptive tech can help young people with sight loss live life to the full at home, at school, or at university.

We are experiencing difficulties in sourcing certain equipment from distributors due to the current situation with coronavirus so we maybe unable to fulfil all requests.

Guide Dogs’ support has meant the world to our family – they’ve given Rebecca the freedom and independence she needs as a young adult. I don’t think we’d have allowed her to go to college if it wasn’t for them.
Rebecca’s mum, Claire

How can we help?

We can help your family choose the best assistive technology and equipment to support your child. And because we work with other agencies, suppliers and organisations, our advice is comprehensive and up-to-date. It’s also completely unbiased, as we don’t sell any equipment ourselves.

Parents and young people can also apply for a grant towards the cost of access technology. Find out how you can apply.

What sort of assistive technology can I apply for?

You can apply for a wide range of technology tools, including computer equipment or more day-to-day items such as handheld magnifiers and a PenFriend labeller. But first, make sure you or your child meet our grant criteria.

The type of equipment you can apply for will depend on your child’s age and their individual needs. For example:

  • Connect 12 and similar video magnifiers – your child must be at least 7 years old
  • iPad tablets – your child must be 3 years or older
  • Braille items, including a refreshable Braille device  – your child needs to have stage 2 Braille 

Unfortunately due to the recent government advice surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), as a safeguarding measure for our staff, service users and volunteers, we're unable to accept grant applications by post. However, you can still email us your forms.

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Email or call us for advice on assistive technology or applying for a grant

0800 781 1444