Assistive Technology in the Student's Individualized Education Program: A Handbook for Parents and School Personnel

This handbook is designed for parents and school personnel in Virginia who live or work with students with disabilities who may benefit from assistive technology (AT). It is intended to provide a broad base of information on the rights of children as they relate to the use of AT in the educational setting. Also, it is designed to help in addressing the needs of students with disabilities. Assistive technology, whether it is as simple as an adaptive switch or as complicated as a computer-run augmentative communication device, can play a vital role in helping students with disabilities to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). It can also make the school setting much less restrictive for them.

There are both federal and state laws recognizing the important role that AT can play in the education of children with disabilities. Foremost among these is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This law requires that schools not only evaluate students and identify their AT educational needs when appropriate, but also provide that technology at no cost to parents. School divisions are required to provide appropriate technology if it is needed in order for the student to receive an appropriate education.

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This File Was Last Modified: Friday March 08 2013