State and federal law mandate that a school district must consider and provide assistive technology to all students with disabilities if it is needed by the student to receive a free appropriate public education or FAPE. The IEP team must determine if and what assistive technology is needed by a student. If deemed necessary, it must be written into the IEP as part of the student’s special education, related services, or supplementary aids and services.
Assistive technology has powerful potential to impact a student with disabilities by increasing levels of participation, achievement and independence. There are assistive technologies that support all aspects of life functions, including academic areas of reading, writing, seeing, hearing, remembering and communicating.
Understanding the implications of the laws related to assistive technology is an essential step to building capacity that will positively influence achievement levels for students with disabilities.