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Assistive Technology

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Assistive Technology enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence, and participate actively in education and life activities.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) federal regulations state:

 …assistive technology means 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 the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. 34 C.F.R. § 300.5.

…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 term includes:

(a) The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;

(b) Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;

(c) Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices;

(d) Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;

(e) Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability, or if appropriate, that child's family; and

(f) Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation service), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of children with disabilities. 34 C.F.R § 300.6.

 

Region 9 provides:  R9

  • services in the area of assistive technology for students with disabilities
  • consultative and direct assistance in evaluating students to establish a need for assistive devices
  • training in the use of the devices for professionals and parents
  • a limited inventory of equipment and devices for loan to assist district personnel in selection, purchase, and use of assistive technology
  • training for educational professionals in assistive technology which enhances and increases functional student performance 

 

Paula Perkins

Paula Perkins

Family & Student Engagement/AT/Related Services Specialist

paula.perkins@esc9.net

Tiffany Leach

ECSE/CAN/AT/Speech Pathology

tiffany.leach@esc9.net