ERIC Number: ED483177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Assistive Technology For Students With Disabilities. Information for Parents & Educators
Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center
The purpose of this brochure is to inform parents and educators regarding the use of assistive technology devices and services in the special education evaluation process and programming. As defined in the federal special education regulations, an assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. The school district is legally responsible to consider assistive technology for the student during the evaluation process and as a possible service on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The parent is part of the multidisciplinary team that will discuss whether an assistive technology evaluation is needed. If it is determined during the evaluation planning meeting or the IEP meeting that an assistive technology evaluation is needed, the multidisciplinary team must decide who will provide the evaluation. The data gathered from the comprehensive evaluation conducted by the multidisciplinary team must be used in the development of the IEP. If the student is eligible for special education and requires assistive technology to receive a free appropriate public education, the school must provide or arrange for the provision of the appropriate assistive technology and services at no cost to the parent(s). This document answers some frequently asked questions regarding assistive technology.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center, Des Moines, IA.