Students with disabilities have special challenges and may need assistive technology in order to more fully participate in their classrooms, homes, communities and workplaces. Through the use of assistive technology and services these students will have the opportunity to become more independent and self-reliant.
The Board of Education expects each IEP team to include in their deliberations the use of assistive technology devices and services to aid students with disabilities. The Board also directs that students who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act be provided with assistive technology devices and services when deemed necessary.
"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 a child with a disability.
"Assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of assistive technology devices.
The Board encourages the faculty to develop the appropriate skills necessary to effectively access, analyze, evaluate, and utilize assistive technology resources and assistive technology services.
The Board designates the Superintendent and the Director of Student Services as the administrator(s) responsible for initiating, implementing, and enforcing this policy and its accompanying procedures as they apply to the use of assistive technology and services in the District.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended
Approved/Adopted: July 13, 2009