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What is Assistive Technology?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 defines and prescribes special education and assistive technology.

According to IDEA, assistive technology includes both devices and services.

Assistive Technology Device- 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 children with disabilities.
(Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)

Assistive Technology devices are on a continuum ranging from low tech devices to high tech devices. The best solution is usually the lowest tech solution that meets the learner's need.

Assistive Technology Services- any service that directly assists a child with a disability with the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Who may need Assistive Technology?

A student who is identified as having a disability. AT must be considered for all students who exhibit a disability.

A student with a disability who requires the use of a device to function. The device enhances the student’s capabilities and helps to remove barriers to performance.

The Individual Education Planning team uses the SETT framework (student, environment, tasks, and tools) to complete the assistive technology consideration process guide in order to select solutions relevant for the student. An assistive technology resource guide is available for the team as a reference.

Where do teachers check out Assistive Technology materials?

Glynn County School System has an Assistive Technology Library where assistive technology materials are available for special education students. Special education teachers/staff can check out AT equipment from the AT library during regular school hours. Contact Kelly Roberts for questions and check out procedures.

              Kelly Roberts
Special Education Clerk, Assistive Technology & Medicaid
      2900 Albany Street (RAX)
Brunswick, GA 31520
kelly.roberts@glynn.k12.ga.us
912-267-4100 x 1163
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