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Assistive Technology

Girl using assistive technology

IDEA (2004) defines Assistive Technology as any system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.” This does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or its replacement (Authority 20 U.S.C. 1401(1)).  

In the educational environment, assistive technology is used to provide access to the educational environment and to allow the student to make progress on current IEP goals and objectives.  It is important to remember that "AT is not a substitute for instruction nor does AT teach basic skills. Rather, AT provides and opportunity for children to learn during daily classroom instruction and to participate in the school community (Bausch, et al., 2006).

Assistive Technology must be considered during the annual IEP process (Special Factors), but may be considered by the IEP team at any time.  The team must document the consideration discussion in the IEP, and then, together, the team completes the Consideration and Consult Referral Form.  The referral is then sent to the district Assistive Technology team.  Once we receive the referral, the AT Specialist assigned to the student's school will contact the case carrier and teacher(s) to begin the process.

For your convenience, a list of district AT contacts is provided below:

list of specialist by school, and contact information

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