SSPS:Assistive Technology

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Defining Assistive Technology

The term “assistive technology 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 student with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of that device.”

This definition mirrors the definition found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) section 300.5 of Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

The definition of the term “assistive technology device” is based on how the technology is used rather than specific types of technology.

Link to Florida Administrative Code

Defining Assistive Technology Service

The term “assistive technology service” is defined as any service that directly assists a student with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. The term includes, but is not limited to: (1) evaluating of the needs of a student with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the student in the student’s customary environment; (2) purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices for students with disabilities; (3) selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing assistive technology devices; (4) coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs; (5) training or technical assistance for a student with a disability or, if appropriate, that student’s family and (6) training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation services), employers or other individuals who provide services to, employ or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of the student.

This definition mirrors the definition found in the IDEA 2004 (34 CFR §300.6).