Assistive Technology: Strategies for Success

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Circulation: 82,039
ISSN: 1538-320

October 26, 2010

Student with braille puzzleYou've learned that IDEA requires IEP teams to consider the AT needs of your child - at school, at home, and in the community.

You may need to request an IEP meeting to review your child's needs if:

  • the IEP team has not yet considered your child's need for AT
  • you believe your child's AT device (or service) is not appropriate
  • you believe your child needs additional AT devices or services

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn strategies for negotiating with the school if you do not agree with the decisions concerning assistive technology. You'll find information and resources to educate yourself about AT so you will be able to advocate for your child's technology needs.

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Strategies for Assistive Technology Negotiations with the School

If the IEP team determines that your child needs assistive technology devices and services, the school district is responsible for providing these and cannot use lack of availability or cost as an excuse.

the schools says:
your response might be:
We can’t afford that... ...Cost cannot be considered a factor in AT consideration.
We are not authorized to make a decision about AT... ...I am disappointed to hear that. I guess we will need to adjourn the meeting until an appropriate administrator is here.

Read more Strategies for Assistive Technology Negotiations by Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. You will find resources for supporting these strategies.

 
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One family writes about their creative problem solving in AT Solutions: Persistence (and effective advocacy) Pays Off.

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IEP Special Factors: Communication Problems
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IDEA includes a section about developing IEPs for children with special factors - including children with communication needs. The IEP team shall “consider whether the child needs assistive technology devices and services.”

Advocating for a Child with Communication Problems

More about Assistive Technology - AT Funding Information and Resources.

 
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