The federal government offers various school grants for iPads, depending on the iPads’ intended use, as of October 2015. Many organizations also assist in schools purchasing iPads for autistic students.
Apple provides a link to federal funding for schools to purchase Apple products, including the iPad. Navigate to the Resources for iPad page of the Apple website and click on Federal Funding. Based on the school subject for which the iPad is used, Apple provides the federal funding source and the suggested Apple products, together with suggested software and content.
Apple suggests that iPads can be used in all educational areas, including reading, writing, math, science and English language. The specific federal directives which apply to these areas include assistance for disadvantaged students, school improvement grants, teacher quality improvement and math and science partnerships. Apple provides a telephone number at the bottom of the suggested federal funding sources for schools to speak directly with an Apple education representative to assist in securing these funds for the purchase of iPads, as well as other Apple products.
The Autism Plugged In website lists many national organizations which may have funds available for school grants to purchase iPads for autistic students, as well as a list of organizations that are state specific.