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Assistive Technology Services

AT

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Assistive technology can help students and teachers by aiding in meeting IEP goals and ensuring each child is educated in the least restrictive environment. Educators must consider assistive technology devices and services for all children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), and provide this technology to students who require it under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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Assistive technology encompasses both devices and services, as defined by the IDEA:

  • 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. Assistive technology devices can include a wide range of equipment. 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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