HollyRod Foundation Giving Away Free iPads to Children with Autism

Many people with iPads love all the fantastic things you can do with them. The folks at the HollyRod Foundation think children with autism should be no different.

The foundation, started by Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete thirteen years ago to give a voice and a hand to those striving for quality of life when theirs has been diminished due to disease or disorders, is giving away free iPads to children with autism.

This giveaway isn’t just about handing out the latest and greatest gadget, but helping children with autism communicate with the world around them in a richer, more fulfilling way.

To find out more about the giveaway, and to download an application, visit the foundation’s site. Don’t forget to spread the word about this to parents, self-advocates and anyone else who might be interested.

Here are the eligibility requirements:

  • The individual you are applying for must have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum (as identified in diagnosis report).
  • Reside in the United States of America .
  • Be non-verbal or minimally verbal (as identified in speech pathology report).
  • Be in financial need: Gross income not to exceed $35,000 single income family or $50,000 two-income family (as identified by documentation).
  • Have access to a computer and an iTunes account (some programs must be downloaded on a computer and transferred to the iPad due to size).
  • A professional on your team (i.e., speech pathologist, doctor, teacher) must be willing to take responsibility of the gift card that downloads the applications.

20 thoughts on “HollyRod Foundation Giving Away Free iPads to Children with Autism

  1. I have a 16 year old with Autism and was very interested in finding out if he would qualify for an iPad.

    • Gentry: This giveaway was run by another organization almost a year ago. So the organization (The HollyRod Foundation) probably isn’t giving away iPads any longer. I would check its website to be sure though.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. I am a single low income Mother who has decided to homeschool my 12 year old who has ASD due to issues with school as well as daily living issues with my son.I would like to apply for i pad for my son to help with an education for him.

  3. Please tell me what kind of help you could offer me and my kids. I am single and homeless living in my car. I have a 8 year old girl and 5 year old boy (the boy is autistic). We stay in the nearby shelter sometimes too but because of his behavior it is not feesible at times. My car needs a new starter too. How can your organization help us? 805 407-5876

    • Hi Cynthia,

      So sorry to hear about your struggles. The best thing for you to do is to contact one of our chapters in your area. You can find chapters by visiting this page, and clicking on your state: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2437

      A local chapter will be best able to point you to services for your son in your area. If you have any further questions, contact us at: (800) 433-5255.

  4. This give away was the start of something tremendous! It is so good to see so much “love” and practical solutions making it out to parents who simply want to communicate with their children. My experience w/ my 13 year old (who was finally diagnosed at age 4 with a 6 word vocabulary) has shown that being able to communicate, intentionally, created such opportunity to understand the world around him. The stats were 1 in 1000 then, and my doc told me “he was fine, just stubborn”. No early intervention, no special programs, just a little bit of speech and a WHOLE LOT of patience, books, and watching him “observe”…..and with his help, this uneducated and unassisted (like a lot of you out there) normal mom worked with this sweet boy. He is currently in 8th grade, in a public school, in all regular classes (w/ an IEP and a helper sometimes), making A’s and B’s!! I say all this to say, yeah, it stinks that we were about two years ahead of the opportunities offered once the “world” became aware of Autism; But our kids need US, and our attempt to understand them, more than anything the “world” could provide. I KNOW IT IS HARD, THANKLESS AND DISCOURAGING (at times), but have HOPE, and never underestimate the will of your child!! God Bless!

    • Stephanie,

      Thanks so much for sharing your positive comments and approach!

      People out there can take a lot away from a story like yours…

  5. I am a 57 yr old grandmother raising a 14 yr old grandson with autism and profoundly deaf. He is going through pubity and showing signs of aggression. I talked with his teacher about the aggression, she stated it could be caused by like of understanding. I no longer work due to health issues and to give him everything and opportunity to be the best he can be. I am in this war all alone. my income is not the most we lives on SSI. I was able to struggle and buy him an iPod, but he lost it. To get him another one just seems to be impossible. I just get so frustrated some time, until I just want to fold my arms and say “I just can’t take it anymore, but then I think about how far he has come, how can I quit knowing he has no one except me, when he has so much more to accomplish. That thought gives me strength to fight a little harder and longer. I thank you and your organization and whoever receives this message. Sometimes you just need to tell someone who has or is going through a similar situation. Thank God for people like you. May the Blessings shower each of you.

  6. What about people who grew up already and have autism? I think we shouldn’t be ingored just because we had grown up. We have our voices that aren’t heard all cuz we had grown up, That isn’t fair.

    • Hi Sheilla,

      At this time, The Arc is not giving away iPads. We would suggest checking with The HollyRod Foundation frequently, as it was trying to secure funding to give away more iPads in the future. Good luck, and thank you for reaching out to The Arc.

    • Hi Kylie,

      At this time, The Arc is not giving away iPads. We would suggest checking with The HollyRod Foundation frequently, as it was trying to secure funding to give away more iPads in the future. Good luck, and thank you for reaching out to The Arc.

  7. I have a 6 yr old son who has trouble with writing who is autistic and i use his funding for speech, physio and OT – we have 3 other children and am very interested in finding out more information. he is very computer literate for his age and teachers have suggested he would benefit from one.

  8. Hi I have 2 boys that are so speacil and they have asd ,aspergers ,adhd ,add,cd ,odd, and sensory processing disorder and would like to no if you can help as we have just had parent teacher and my son that is in year 2 is struggling at school his at kindergarden that is so sad and i have one in year 5 but again it is very hard so can someone help please

    • Hi Kylie,

      Thanks for reaching out to us for help. As noted above, we are not giving away iPads at this time. The best thing to do is to find a chapter of The Arc in your area. Staff there can assist you best. You can find a list of our chapters here: http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2437

      Let us know if we can help in any other way.

  9. my grandson is 3 and he suffers from autism and doesnt speak would like to give him an ipad but we can not afford to do so, so im seeking into this grant thing so see if anyone can help us get one for him.
    thank you for your time
    Chrissy

    • At this time, The Arc is not giving away iPads. We would suggest checking with The HollyRod Foundation frequently, as it was trying to secure funding to give away more iPads in the future. Good luck, and thank you for reaching out to The Arc.

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