ERIC Number: ED437800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology Services for Students: What Are These? Special Edition of Tech Express.
Margolis, Leslie; Goodman, Susan
This publication is designed to assist schools in complying with 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provisions that require assistive technology (AT) be considered when developing the Individualized Education Program of a student with a disability. The first part of the guide presents a series of issues that should be addressed when considering AT for individual students, centered around five critical points: (1) students should be evaluated in their customary environments, including both an assessment of their AT needs and a functional assessment; (2) training and technical assistance should be provided to the child, the family, and to teachers and providers significantly involved in the care and education of children with disabilities; (3) issues surrounding the acquisition and use of assistive technology devices for students; (4) how AT devices should be selected, designed, fitted, customized, adapted, maintained, repaired, and replaced; and (5) how AT devices should be integrated with the use of other therapies, interventions or services. The second part of the guide provides action steps for parents and advocates for getting AT on the radar screen at the local level. A list of AT resources is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, School Responsibility, Selection, Student Evaluation
Assistive Technology Funding & System Change Project, 1660 L St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-776-0406; Web site: http://www.ucpa.org/.
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.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act