On December 3, 2004, President Bush signed the reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) into law. Most provisions of the new law take effect on July 1, 2005. The purpose of IDEA is to insure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.(IDEA; 20 U.S.C. 1400 (d) Purposes).
North Bend School District is committed to insuring that all students receive a quality education. For more information, please contact the District Special Education Director.
Assistive Technology Decision Making Manual
This manual is intended to guide the process of determining if a student receiving special education services needs assistive technology (AT) and, if they do, what intervention (s) may be appropriate to enable them to make progress toward their educational goals.
This manual provides a process to guide the IEP team in answering the question “Does the student have assistive technology needs?” From there, a decision-making process is provided to allow the team to consider AT. It is expected that the least restrictive technology (lower technology before higher technology) that enables students to progress toward their goals will be selected.
When low and medium technology interventions fail to enable students to progress toward their goals, the team should utilize a more rigorous process to determine which interventions might allow the student to make adequate progress. It is critical to use a team approach, and in this manual the SETT Framework is recommended to facilitate this decision-making. Because higher technology interventions have a greater impact on the student, the teacher, and the school community, the consideration of these interventions requires this type of refined process.
Finally, the Appendix of the manual is designed to give the team insight into possible AT choices available for students. There are four levels: modifications and accommodations, low technology, medium technology, and high technology. Each level is divided into subject or skill areas with suggestions for AT that may meet students’ needs.