Assistive Technology

IDEA 2004 specifies that schools must consider Assistive Technology (AT) needs when developing IEPs for all students with disabilities. In the law, AT is defined as both a "device and a "service":

  • AT Device: "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability." Despite the word “technology,” not all AT tools are high-tech. AT ranges from simple adaptive tools (like pencil grips and highlighters) to high-tech tools (like text-to-speech and speech-to-text software).
  • AT Service: "any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device."

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