A. T. Law
Legal implications for assistive
technology in the public schools.

Slides by Janet DeSenzo
Assistive Technology Defined
IDEA 300.5: Assistive Technology Device:
Any item, piece of equipment
or product system, whet...
Assistive Technology Defined
IDEA 300.6: Assistive Technology Service:
Any service that directly assists an individual wit...
Definition of A.T. Services con’t.
d)

Coordinating with other therapies, interventions,
or services with a.t. devices, su...
FAPE: Free AND “Appropriate”
• IDEA requires schools to
provide assistive
technology if deemed
necessary, just as it requi...
So, who deems it “necessary?”
The IEP Team
- As stated in the 1997 reauthorization of IDEA
It is the responsibility of the...
How can school IEP teams become
more aware of A.T. services and
devices?
The “Tech Act” of 1988 provided
federal funds to ...
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Assistive Technology Law

  1. 1. A. T. Law Legal implications for assistive technology in the public schools. Slides by Janet DeSenzo
  2. 2. Assistive Technology Defined IDEA 300.5: Assistive Technology 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 children with disabilities.
  3. 3. Assistive Technology Defined IDEA 300.6: Assistive Technology Service: Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such term includes: A) The evaluation of needs including a functional evaluation, in the child’s customary environment B) Purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of a.t. devices C) Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of a.t. devices
  4. 4. Definition of A.T. Services con’t. d) Coordinating with other therapies, interventions, or services with a.t. devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs e) Training or technical assistance for an individual with disabilities, or where appropriate, that child’s family f) Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education and rehabilitation services), employers, or other(s) who provide services to employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of children with disabilities
  5. 5. FAPE: Free AND “Appropriate” • IDEA requires schools to provide assistive technology if deemed necessary, just as it requires schools to provide special ed services and or modifications to the regular ed program AT NO COST to the PARENTS
  6. 6. So, who deems it “necessary?” The IEP Team - As stated in the 1997 reauthorization of IDEA It is the responsibility of the Team to be aware of A.T. devices and services, or to secure the services of consultants to assist with recommendations
  7. 7. How can school IEP teams become more aware of A.T. services and devices? The “Tech Act” of 1988 provided federal funds to states to develop training and delivery systems for assistive technology devices and services. It required states and territories to develop statewide, consumer-responsive programs of technology-related services for individuals with disabilities of all ages. This act first defined Assistive Technology Devices and Services and promoted the availability and quality of AT devices and services to all individuals, including children

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