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Assistive Technology Evaluation

I need to know the purpose and capabilities for assistive technology?
I need to provide the information on assisive technology cost?
How can assistive technology be applied in my classroom?
Evaluate which assistive technology would be a better investment.

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A Framework to consider and evaluate:

School divisions have a framework for the development of assistive technology operating guidelines tailored to local resources and services that should be used in conjunction with federal and state regulations. In addition, this information is provided to assist you understanding the concept on when to consider specific technology and the purpose for implementation. Keep in mind, assistive technology is provided to assist Individuals Education Program (IEP) teams in planning and implementing services to students with a disability, such as age, grade, academic level of performance, the environment etc...

According to IDEA (1997) and the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (2002), an AT device is defined as: "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."

IDEA (1997) requires that school divisions provide assistive technology evaluation. The Federal Register (July 10, 1993) distinguishes between assessment and evaluation in the following way:

• Evaluation: A group of activities conducted to determine a child's eligibility for special education.
• Assessment: A group of activities conducted to determine a child's specific needs.

Since IDEA '97 requires that each IEP team "consider" the student's need for assistive technology, there is no "eligibility" criterion for assistive technology. Therefore, assistive technology assessment is being used to describe the process of determining a child's specific AT need.

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Solution Summary

Assistive technology help students with a disability to access the curriculum and learn. Laws have mandated that assistive technology be implemented in the classroom to ensure student success. Here the expert answers and explains the benefits of assistive technology and how to measure its success and failures.