Assistive Technology (AT)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) requires a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) team to consider whether assistive technology devices and services are needed to meet a student’s educational goals. If the IEP team determines that a student needs assistive technology devices or services to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), it is the district’s responsibility to ensure that they are available for the student.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a student with a disability. An assistive technology service is any service that directly assists a student with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device in the student’s customary environment.
The team strives for collaboration and participation with the Nassau County staff, parents, and students in determining the educational necessity of assistive technology and appropriate solutions to meet a student’s needs in the areas of writing, reading, math, adapted environmental controls, activities of daily living, mobility, and communication.
The Nassau County Schools assistive technology support team consists of an interdisciplinary team including Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologists, ESE teachers, and teachers of the visually impaired. We provide individualized support and coaching to the IEP teams throughout our district.
904-225-9711 ext. 5163
Assistive Technology (AT) Process
- IEP teams must consider whether a student with a disability requires Assistive Technology at each IEP meeting.
- Consideration is a discussion that takes place during the IEP meeting using known information and data which could include results of other assessments, and/or evaluations. During the consideration process the team may decide no AT is needed or that the current AT is sufficient.
- If a need is identified during the consideration process, the team should explore resources and strategies, try a different AT, or request additional consulation.