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Facts About Assistive Technology and the IEP

(1999)

  1. Assistive technology needs must be considered along with the child's other educational needs.
  2. Needs for technology must be identified on an individual basis.
  3. Identification of technology needs must involve family members and a multidisciplinary team.
  4. Parents or IEP members can ask for additional evaluation or an independent evaluation to determine assistive technology needs.
  5. When an evaluation is being conducted, consider: fine-motor skills, communication, and alternatives to traditional learning approaches.
  6. Lack of availability of equipment or cost alone cannot be used as an excuse for denying an assistive technology service.
  7. If included in the IEP, assistive technology services and devices must be provided at no cost to the family and, if so indicated, devices must be allowed to go home with the student.
  8. Parents always have the right to appeal if assistive technology services are denied.