ERIC Number: ED427471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-28
Assistive Technology: Services and Devices for Persons with Disabilities.
Barkin, Patti Zembrosky; Marek, Ann; Huffman, Vicki
This paper provides school districts with information about determining the need for and providing assistive technology services and devices to children and youth with disabilities. Determinations about the needs of students are made on a case by case basis through the development of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). Once the IEP is developed, it is the responsibility of the school district to ensure that this plan is implemented. This paper contains information and suggestions that will help local districts create policies and procedures for the implementation of assistive technology requirements. Each section begins with a narrative, followed by frequently asked questions about each topic. Topics covered are: (1) legal requirements and definitions; (2) training, including how districts might plan for and meet the training needs of their staff, students, and families; (3) IEP development; (4) acquisition and maintenance of devices; and (5) funding, including the responsibility of the district to pay for and provide assistive technology that is identified in the IEP for a student if outside funding is not available. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Individualized Education Programs, Legal Responsibility, Policy Formation, School Responsibility
Web site: http://interact.uoregon.edu/WRRC/WRRC.HTML
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Regional Resource Center, Eugene, OR.