IDEA 2004 defines Assistive Technology devices as follows:
“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 a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.”
In order for students with disabilities to access their education, they may need additional support. Assistive Technology is NOT a magic-cure-all nor is it technology that "teaches" a skill but some additional equipment or app or computer program that is necessary for a student to access his/her education as taught in the classroom.
If your child is eligible for special education, Assistive Technology needs specific to your child’s disability will be considered at your IEP meeting so that your child can access their education.
For more information, contact Dawn Danley who is the Assistive Technology Coordinator for the Voorhees Child Study Team.
Websites abound - here are a couple of ones that address assistive technology...