ERIC Number: ED345458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
"But, We Don't Have the Money..." (Or As It Should Be "The Check's in the Mail...").
Access Group, Atlanta, GA.
This newsletter issues offers suggestions to individuals with disabilities whose requests for assistive technology equipment or services have been refused due to an agency's financial situation. Parents asking for services for their child should point out that federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guarantee a child's right to full educational opportunity and to a free appropriate public education, including special education and related services through age 21. Assistive technology can qualify as a related service. Parents should also make sure that the device or service is specifically included in as many areas as possible in the goals and objectives of the child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). In addition, parents should make sure that requests for assistive devices are written into the IEP placement meeting minutes; should get a written statement stating the reasons for denial of an assistive technology device; and should follow up using required procedures. Potential funding sources for assistive technology devices are listed. Parents are also urged to take a more general approach to problem solving for the total school system, by becoming involved in budget and planning processes, networking with other parents, and so on. For adults over the age of 21, most programs are not entitlement programs, but federal policy directives call for provision of rehabilitation engineering services, and the individual's college or employer may also be able to help. (JDD)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Civil Rights, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Communication Disorders, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Legal Responsibility, Rehabilitation, School Responsibility, Student Rights, Technology
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Access Group, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: Entitlement Programs; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Note: Also funded by the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program.