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(1.38) What is assistive technology?

(1.38) What is assistive technology?

An assistive technology (AT) device is 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 students with disabilities. [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.5; Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56020.5.] Assistive technology service means:  any service that directly assists a student with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. Services include:

  1. Evaluating the needs of a student with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment;
  2. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by students with disabilities;
  3. Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing assistive technology devices;
  4. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
  5. Training or technical assistance for a student with a disability or, if appropriate, that student’s family; and
  6. 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 the student. [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.6; 5 C.C.R. Sec. 3065(b).] See Chapter 5, Information on Related Services.