The Assistive Technology Consideration Process...
Did you know that consideration of the need for assistive technology devices and services is a legally mandated part of the IEP process that must be included for every student with a disability [IDEA, 2004]?
Are you staring at the Special Factors Page and pondering how to respond to the question “Does the student require Assistive Technology and/or services?”
This step-by-step guide is a blueprint for how your team can consistently and compliantly plan for and walk through the important elements during the consideration portion of the IEP meeting.
For many of your IEP meetings while using this process, a team will know all that they need to know in order to make final decisions about including (or not including) AT in the IEP.
Some students will have more robust teams, with additional expertise to help make these decisions (e.g. occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical and health impairment specialists, vision specialists, audiologists, deaf and hard of hearing specialists).
Occasionally, teams may come to the conclusion that more data, information, or a more in-depth team problem solving or discussion is needed in order to come to a decision. For those students, the development of a Student Access Plan may be beneficial.