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ERIC Number: ED421838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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The Right to Technology under the Law of Special Education: Advocacy Tips, Special Education Basics, and Assistive Technology Specifics.
Smith, Diane
This paper describes provisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that require public school systems to purchase assistive technology for students who require it to benefit from special education. It explains eligibility under IDEA and how parents can write their child's principal and request an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. The definition of assistive technology devices and services under IDEA is provided, along with information on the requirement that the district must provide assistive technology devices and services to the student if they are required for the student to achieve a free and appropriate public education. IDEA provisions that require students to be educated in the least restrictive environment possible, and how assistive technology allows a student to participate in a less restrictive setting are also explained. The paper maintains that the district is responsible for the maintenance of assistive technology equipment, barring actual negligence or misuse by a parent, student, or others, and that if the student needs to use the equipment at home in order to benefit from his or her education, the district must provide it. Procedural safeguards under IDEA are also addressed. (Contains 30 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)