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IDEA Regulations - Section 300.105a
a) Each public agency must ensure that assistive technology devices or assistive technology services, or both, as those terms are defined in Sec. 300.5 and 300.6, respectively, are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child's--
(1) Special education under Sec. 300.36;
(2) Related services under Sec. 300.34; or
(3) Supplementary aids and services under Sec. Sec. 300.38 and 300.114(a)(2)(ii). (a)(12)(B)(i)
IDEA Regulations - Section 300.105b
b) On a case-by-case basis, the use of school-purchased assistive technology devices in a child’s home or in other settings is required if the child’s IEP Team determines that the child needs access to those devices in order to receive FAPE.
Assistive Technology Device
Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as:
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 children with disabilities.
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))
Videos and Tutorials
Joy Zabala a member of the CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) team has many years of experience in the field of accessible instructional materials and Universal Design for Learning and their relationship to assistive technology. Her SETT Framework is used to guide districts in promoting collaborative decision-making processes in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. In this two-part series, Dr. Zabala provides an overview of the SETT Framework and the assistive technology decision making process.
The SETT framework guides teams to examine the setting, the environment, and the task to help determine the tools that are required by the student-specific needs. The additional resources include SETT Framework articles and information, additional presentations, scaffolding tools, and supplementary forms.
Assistive Technology Tools
Speech to Text
Speech to text is an assistive technology that uses dictation tools to help students who struggle with writing. Students use their voices to dictate what they want to write instead of writing by hand or with a keyboard. A link to an informational video from the Georgia Department of Education is provided at the link below.
Text to Speech
Students who struggle with reading could benefit from this assistive technology. With this technology, a computer, tablet, or other device converts text to speech and reads out loud to the student. This helps students focus on word meanings and provide access to classroom materials. A link to an informational video from the Georgia Department of Education is provided at the link below.