Assistive Technology is any device, tool, 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 eligible for special education. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.
Assistive Technology Service means any service that directly assists a student with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of assistive technology. The term includes:
- The evaluation of the needs of a student with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the student in the students customary environments.
- Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology by students with disabilities.
- Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
- Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
- Training or technical assistance for a student with a disability or, if appropriate, that student’s family; and
- 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 that student.