iPads for Education service

We're excited to be working in partnership with O2 to offer subsidised iPads to learners with sight loss so that by using these devices with RNIB Bookshare, users can have portable, immediate access to thousands of textbooks and curriculum resources.

Through the iPads for Education service the learner receives an Apple iPad Air 2 32GB, connectivity through wi-fi and 1GB (capped) of 4G data each month. They'll also get four years free access to the Bookshare global collection which has over 200,000 titles; this service is usually $50 a year.

With no upfront costs, low monthly payments and a protective case you pay £17.50 inclusive of VAT per month for a four year contract. On completion of the contract simply return the iPad or make one final payment of £50 to keep it.

Download our iPads for Education flyer.

Steve Tyler, Head of Strategy and Accessibility at RNIB, said:

“We are very excited to launch iPads for Education. We know that blind and partially sighted young people need access to books and textbooks at the same time as their peers. This helps with greater participation in lessons and home learning, as well as increasing independent study skills.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with O2 and DHL to deliver this fantastic service to students with sight loss.”

Step 1: Read our terms and conditions before sending the contract back to us.

Step 2: Complete and return the contract. By sending the completed contract to us you are confirming that you have read the terms and conditions and that you agree to them. You can sent it back to us by email or post.

Once we've received your completed contract we'll send you a reference number to quote and the Direct Debit form.

Step 3: Complete and return Direct Debit form. The reference number we provide you with must be quoted on the Direct Debit form and any future correspondence regarding your iPad. Please do not send the Direct Debit form back to us by email. You must print out the form and return it by post to:

  • RNIB Helpline, Floor 2 - Midgate House, Midgate, Peterborough, PE1 1TN

Step 4: Your iPad will be sent to the delivery address you provided on your completed contract. Someone must be available to sign for it. If being delivered to the school, it will be marked for the attention of your learner and their teacher.

We will email you to let you know your iPad's been shipped and when to expect your SIM card to be activated. 

Step 5: Check your delivery. If any of these items are missing please contact us and quote your reference number:

  • iPad Air 2 32GB
  • a case
  • a SIM card.

Step 6: Read our iPad get started guide. You'll find information to help you get started and stay safe online, as well as suggestions for additional useful resources to help you get the best from the device, content and connectivity. We have also provided some information on your agreement with us and your rights.

We've a number of useful videos showing how to get the most out of your device, explaining the accessibility features and using different apps.

If you'd like to have a chat about using the iPad and getting it set up, please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time with you for a telephone call or put you in touch with a technology support volunteer.

Step 7: Read our RNIB Bookshare getting started guide and ensure your child's school has their free organisational account set up and they've created a log in for your child.

Step 9: Sign up to the Bookshare global collection. You will need to return the contract and proof of disability form that we've sent to you. We'll then sent your a promotional code and details of how to set up the learner's free account.

If you're on the device and connectivity trial

Read our device and connectivity trial terms and conditions.

  • March/April 2016 - expressions of interest received
  • June 2016 - contracts and direct debit forms sent out to first group
  • July 2016 - first group of devices shipped and survey sent
  • November 2016 - second survey to be sent
  • December 2016 - impact study feedback ends at Christmas