Local Operating Guidelines

Assistive Technology


Legal References:34 C.F.R. Section 300.5  Assistive Technology Device (definition)

Section 300.6  Assistive Technology Service (definition)

Section 300.15  Assistive Technology & Spec. Ed.

Section 300.42  Supplementary Aids & Services (definition)

Section 300.34  Related Services (definition)

Section 300.324 Development, review, and revision of IEP

19 TAC   Section 89.1056  Transfer of Assistive Technology Devices

Q & A, Appendix A to Part 300 of IDEA, Question 36 Use of AT in child's home or in

another setting

Assistive technology needs of each student who is eligible for special education services must be considered in the development of the IEP.  The ARD committee may take one of three actions:

(1)  The ARD committee may determine that no AT devices/services are required by the student.

(2)  The ARD committee may determine that AT devices/services are required by the student and include them in the IEP. 

(3)   The ARD committee may determine they have exhausted potential assistive technology solutions available at the campus level and request an assistive technology evaluation be completed. All IDEA requirements regarding notice and parent consent apply.

A formal AT evaluation need not be conducted for every student with a disability. 

If members of the ARD committee are knowledgeable about the student's functional needs and the range of appropriate AT devices/services to meet those needs, then the ARD committee may decide what AT devices/services should be provided for the student without a formal AT evaluation.

If the ARD committee requests an AT evaluation, the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist will determine under which category (or categories) the AT evaluation would fall.

If the AT evaluation will be completed by staff other than the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist, then a *Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to that staff indicated in each category.

Upon completion of the AT evaluation, the ARD committee will review the AT evaluation recommendations. Once an assistive technology device/service has been determined educationally necessary in order for the student to receive FAPE, the ARD committee should document the required assistive technology in the IEP.

The ARD committee may determine whether the assistive technology device and/or service is an accommodation, related service or supplemental aid.

If any public agency other than the School District otherwise obligated under Federal or State law, or assigned responsibility under State policy, to provide or pay for any services that are also considered special education, related services or supplemental aids and services (such as assistive technology devices and/or assistive technology services) that are necessary for ensuring a free appropriate public education to children with disabilities, such public agency must fulfill that obligation or responsibility.

Assistive Technology Categories

Academic & Learning Aids:  Electronic and non-electronic aids such as calculators, spell checkers, portable word processors, and computer-based software solutions that are used by a student who is having difficulty in the educational curriculum (reading, math, science, social studies, etc.)  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus teacher(s) and diagnostician or speech-language therapist. 

Aids for Daily Living:  Self-help aids for use in activities such as feeding, bathing, cooking, dressing and toileting.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to Turn Center.  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the PT or OT.

Assistive Listening Devices:  Electronic aids such as amplification devices or closed captioning systems to assist students who are served thru REPD or are local AI students.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to REPD.   The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by REPD.

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC):  Electronic or non-electronic devices and software solutions for students with little or no functional speech.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to SLP-AAC.  The AT Evaluation Form or another formal report will be completed by SLP-AAC.

Computer Access:  Input and output devices, alternative access aids, modified or alternative keyboards,  switches, special software, and other devices and software solutions that enable a student with a disability to use the classroom computer.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to CRC.  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by PT or OT.

Mobility Aids:  Electronic and non-electronic aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, and braces that are used to increase personal mobility.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to CRC.  The AT Evaluation Form  will be completed by PT.

Pre-vocational and Vocational Aids:  Electronic and non-electronic aids such as picture-based task analysis sheets, adapted knobs, adapted timers and adapted watches that are used to assist a student in completing pre-vocational and vocational tasks.  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus teacher(s) and diagnostician or speech-language therapist. 

Physical Education:  Electronic and non-electronic aids such as adapted PE equipment that are used by a student with a disability to increase his or her participation and independence in physical education activities.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to the Adapted PE teachers.   The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by Adapted PE teachers.

Seating and Positioning:  Adaptive seating systems and positioning devices that provide students with optimal positioning to enhance participation and access to the curriculum.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to Turn Center.  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by PT. 

Visual Aids:  Electronic and non-electronic aids such as magnifiers, talking calculators, Braille writers, adapted tape players, screen reading software applications for the computer, and Braille note-taking devices that assist a student with a visual impairment or blindness to access and produce information that is typically presented in a visual (print) modality.  Request for AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the campus diagnostician or speech-language therapist and forwarded to the Vision teacher.  The AT Evaluation Form will be completed by the Vision teacher.