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December 11th, 2014

AT Implications in Recent ADA Guidance to Public Schools

Referencing recent legal cases, the US Department of Education and the Justice Department have jointly published new guidance for schools, educators and parents. 

There are important AT implications for providing "effective communication" access under the ADA Title II. "Communication" under Title II includes various forms of information exchange, including reading, writing, listening and speaking. "Effective communication" can require technology support instead of human support because technology can allow a student to complete tasks independently. 

Learn about the ADA Title II "effective communication" access requirement. Understand when it is different from IDEA's Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) standard:



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