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    Assistive Technology

    Definition
    Assistive technology is "...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 children with disabilities,"  The Technology- Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988

    Assistive Technology Service
    The legal definition of an assistive technology service as it appears in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, P.L. 105-17) is:   “...any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.” [20 U.S.C. Chapter 33, Section 1401 (25)]

    Services in the area of assistive technology are provided to students based on the Individualized Education Plan that will identify the specific device and training information needed for the individual.

    Types of Technology

    Low-Tech
    This type of technology requires no electrical power and is simple to use. Examples include manual communication boards, adapted spoons or pencil grips.
    Areas evaluated by the Assistive Technology Team include:  

    • Verbal Communication
    • Production of Written Work
    • Reading Assistance
    • Access to the Educational Environment

    Mid-Tech
    This type includes devices that require little training, such as battery-operated devices, simple communication devices, typewriters, or switches.

    High-Tech.
    This type includes devices that require intense training, and programming. For example:  dynamic screen communiation devices and computers.

    For further information please contact: 
    Caitlin DiCristofalo, B.A., LATS
    Assistive Technology Support Specialist
    Phone:  (352)797-7020, Ext. 362
    E-mail:  dicristofalo_c@hcsb.k12.fl.us