We understand the power that digital technologies have to transform the lives of disabled children and their families. Our Digital Skills Programme aims to help families with disabled children to develop their digital skills and get the most out of their iPads or Android tablets through one-to-one and group training.

Training is free to parents and carers raising a disabled child or young person. It is designed to help you to use your tablet to its full potential and covers a range of useful topics, including how to customise devices to address any vision, hearing, motor and learning needs of your child, parental controls and guided access, locating and accessing resources and how to use built-in apps to develop reading, writing, speaking and research skills.

Group training sessions

We can also run a group training session for parents and carers of disabled or seriously ill children in your area. If you’re part of a parent/carer group or are involved with an organisation that supports families raising disabled or seriously ill children and would be interested in running a session, please email us.


We have developed a new series of short films to help parents and carers use their iPads safely and to their full potential.

Lasting around two minutes each, the films cover topics like setting up devicesmanaging parental controls and online safety. There are also three dedicated films for families with disabled children, addressing how to customise accessibility features to meet touchvision and hearing needs.

Take a look at our top tips on how to get the most from your iPad. 

Our Pinterest page brings together a range of apps for iPads and tablets that have been tried and tested by parent/carers of children with special educational needs, and training professionals who deliver digital skills training to our families.

We have also put together a collection of useful resources to help you to make the most of the internet.

(Family Fund does not endorse or recommend any of these products or related websites.)

Family stories

We have already helped many families to enjoy the benefits of becoming part of the digital world. Below are some of their stories.


Get in touch by email to tell us your story.  Read our recent report, Building Digital Confidence, which shows how our Digital Skills Programme makes a significant difference to families.


We offer grants to help families get online such as laptops, tablets and PCs, see more from our computers and tablets page.