ERIC Number: ED432846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Funding of Assistive Technology. The Public School's Special Education System as a Funding Source: The Cutting Edge.
Hager, Ronald M.
This booklet discusses using the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as funding sources or enforcement tools to ensure that children with disabilities receive needed assistive technology (AT) services and devices. The first section is devoted to a detailed analysis of the legal framework of IDEA. Provisions relating to least restrictive environment, the Individualized Education Program, private school placements, due process protections, and discipline are discussed. This section is followed by a similarly comprehensive analysis of how IDEA can be used as a tool for obtaining AT, including basic eligibility criteria, evaluations, home use of AT, private insurance and Medicaid, and repairs and damages. Key court decisions and their implications are reviewed. Some of the major issues involving maximization of a student's potential and uses of educational methodology are then discussed. The booklet also reviews obligations of school districts under Section 504, including legal responsibilities relating to least restrictive environment, due process and procedural safeguards, and AT. The final section of the booklet discusses remedies available when parents disagree with a decision made by the school and the remedies available when attorneys or advocates seek to address more systemic problems. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disabilities, Discipline, Due Process, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Individualized Education Programs, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Responsibility, Special Education
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington, DC.; Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Buffalo, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)