A.T. Tip of the Week

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Provided by the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Act Program (MassMATCH)

May 17th, 2016

True or False? 

Another A.T. and the IEP Pop Quiz!


It is permissible for a school district to provide a communication device that has been previously owned.


True. No problem. Although families might like the "latest and greatest," the requirement in IDEA is to provide what is APPROPRIATE. And that might be a device that has been previously used (e.g. by another student or as part of the school's loan closet/evaluation materials). 


Because school budgets are so tight nowadays, IEP teams should consider only low tech and inexpensive AT.


False. The team must CONSIDER all options that will provide a free appropriate public education, in the least restrictive environment, and that provides access to the general curriculum.

Thanks to Amy Goldman and the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University for this "AT and the IEP" tip!

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