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First and foremost, it is important to identify the assistive technology (AT) needs of your student. These needs should be identified during the IEP process. Following this process, you can now focus on how to pay for the technology needed to support your student. The good news is that we now live in a world of increasing access to free or low cost technologies. In addition, AT has become much more affordable and easy to access. There are a number of funding resources(opens in a new window) available to purchase AT. The primary resource that funds AT is your local school system. The school system will pay for any technology or other special education learning materials that are specified in the student’s IEP. Government programs, such as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid, and private health insurance companies will also pay for AT, if the technology is prescribed by a doctor. Private health insurance companies will also pay for AT when prescribed by a doctor as a necessary medical device.

In addition, there are a number of public and private funding sources that can help pay for AT devices. One great resource is the State Assistive technology Finalize Loan Programs(opens in a new window) by the RESNA Catalyst Project. This project provides aid and resources for statewide AT programs that provide low or no cost interest loans.  The Pass It On Center is a national network of centers that provide access to the reuse, recycle, and exchange of AT devices.  For more ideas on funding sources, consult the Assistive Technology Industry Association Funding Resources Guide(opens in a new window).

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