Assistive Technology Devices include any item, piece of equipment or product system -- whether acquired commercially, modified or customized -- that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. The need for assistive technology devices is not limited to students with physical needs. For example, a dyslexic student may benefit from a scanner or book reader.
If a student requires the use of an assistive technology device in settings outside of school to meet his/her IEP goals, the student must be provided access to the device at additional times and places (such as a work-study placement or at home) consistent with the IEP. If the IEP specifies, the device can go back and forth between home and school with the student. If a device is to be kept at home for unusual lengths of time due to illness or vacation, it must be signed out by the parent and a note documenting this must be kept in the student's file.
Posted on the site you will now find recommendations for programmatic equipment for your school sites. In an effort to guide our schools when purchasing equipment we have compiled a recommended list of devices for the 6:1:1 and 12:1:4 classes. If you are looking for ideas for software to purchase please email Susan Abdulezer (SAbdule@schools.nyc.gov) and request the "Adaptive Software" DVD that features clips from 25 software titles. For additional advice email Karen Gorman (Kgorman@schools.nyc.gov).
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