The law defines assistive technology as:
An assistive technology device is any “item, piece of equipment… that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of that device.”[20 USCS §1401(1)(2)34 C.F.R. 300.5].
It is important to evaluate the needs and ability of the student when selecting AT. AT services include selection of devices, accessing the devices, and coordinating training for staff, family, and the student.
Related service providers are a great resource for the evaluation and selection of appropriate assistive technology. Some districts even have dedicated district teams that assist in evaluation, access, and progress monitoring of AT. What are some examples of AT?