Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
With the re-authorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams are required to consider assistive technology devices and services as a special factor in the development, review, and revision of IEPs for students with disabilities.
Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA as “any item, piece of equipment or product 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
All students with disabilities, both students who receive services under IDEA and those who need accommodations and modifications under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, are eligible to receive assistive technology if it is required to access the general education curriculum.
The need for assistive technology devices is determined by the student’s IEP team. Typically, assistive technology solutions are identified through consideration of assistive technology or through an assistive technology assessment. Once an assistive technology device has been determined educationally necessary, the student’s IEP team should document the required device(s) in the IEP.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact LeAnn Reinholt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803)641-2428.