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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology provides assessment, training and equipment for students with special needs.


Assistive Technology Device

The term assistive technology device means 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 functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.


Assistive Technology Service

The term assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device such as:
  • Evaluating/assessing the need for assistive technology
  • purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices
  • selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
  • coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices
  • training or technical assistance for students and parents
  • training or technical assistance for professionals working with students in need of assistive technology
  • Classroom consultation
  • Equipment trials and set up for individual students
  • Creation of individualized software programs to adapt the curriculum
  • Maintenance of a lending library of equipment and software