Students With Special Needs Technology Policy
The District provides the special education and related services designed to meet the unique needs of each
student with a disability, based on his/her individualized education program (IEP), as required by law.
Those students having special needs but not requiring a formal IEP according to law, which may include but are
not limited to migrant students, homeless students, students living with poverty, and English Language Learners,
will also be considered for assistive technology devices and/or services.
The term "related services" means such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as required for the
student with a disability to benefit from special education. "Assistive technology devices and services" would
clearly be a functional part of the services defined. An "assistive technology device" means 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 functional capabilities of students with disabilities. "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. The term includes:
A. Evaluation of needs of a student with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child's customary
B. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by students
C. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as
those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
D. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child's family;
E. Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or others who provide services to, employ, or
are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of students with disabilities.
A student's need for assistive technology shall be determined on a case-by-case basis. If the IEP team determines
that a particular assistive technology item is required for the student to be provided a favorable benefit from his/her
education program, the technology must be provided to implement the IEP.
Assistive technology may be provided as special education, related services, or supplemental aids and services for
students with disabilities who are educated in regular classes. The District is responsible for evaluation in areas in
which assistive technology may be a factor. Determination of need for assistive technology will be determined by
the following criteria.
A. Identification of difficulty the student is experiencing and discussion of possible causes for the difficulty. This
includes a review of existing information and data. During this review the IEP team decides other information
necessary to make an informed decision about the need for assistive technology.
B. Team members gather baseline data if existing data does not provide all needed information. Data may
include information related to accommodations or strategies applied in the past.
C. The assistive technology will assist the student with completing the task/applying the skills with more
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009