The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that Assistive Technology be considered for all students receiving Special Education services. These services may include Assistive Technology devices and/or services if they are necessary for students to participate in and benefit from their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
300.5 Assistive technology device:
Assistive technology device 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 a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(1))
300.6 Assistive technology service:
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 childs 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, maintaining, repairing, or replacing 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 childs family; and
(f) Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation services, employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of that child.(Authority: 20 U.S. C. 1401(2))