Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) can come in many forms. For our children in the school system, AT is an effective accommodation that can help them access their curriculum, communicate with their teachers and peers and work effectively around their individual challenges.

  • IDEA 2004, Sec. 300.5 defines an Assistive Technology Device as:
    • 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 the functional capabilities of a child with  disability.  The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such a device.
  • IDEA 2004, Sec. 300.6 defines Assistive Technology Service as:
    • Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.  The term includes:
      • (a) The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment;
      • (b) Purchasing, leasing , or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
      • (c) Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology services;
      • (d) Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
      • (e) Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child’s family; and
      • (f) 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 that child. has 2 great articles for some background and information on:

Here are some links to explore more assistive technology:
* Assistive Technology Resources Centers of Hawaii (ATRC)
* AT links
* App links

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