The Isles District is fortunate to have a center that contains a variety of assistive technology software and equipment for loan to special education programs in schools for special needs students. The goal is to try various assistive technologies with students with special needs. If, after a trial, there is evidence that the assistive technology improves the student's skills/performance/attainment of goals, then the CSC may consider the device to be necessary and possibly add it to the Individual Education Plan (IEP). This ensures that a student has what is necessary for success.
Please note: Parents must go through their child's special education teacher in order to borrow items from the Lending Library.
With the reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students with special needs must be considered for assistive technology. Assistive technology is defined as anything that can help a student achieve the Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and to participate more independently within the general education setting. Assistive technology devices means 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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Below are the directions on how to request materials. Attached you will also find the inventory and the lending agreement. The lending library is housed at Lakenheath MS.
The AT Lending Library is a resource of materials, both equipment and software, designed to allow educators to use AT materials as a trial to determine a student's need for AT devices prior to writing them into an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Attached is an inventory of what is currently in the Isles District AT Lending Library.
What does it mean to "consider"? Consideration is a brief process, one that can take place within every Individualized Education Plan meeting. In order to consider the need for assistive technology, at least one person on the Individualized Education Plan Team must have some knowledge about assistive technology. When considering a child's need for Assistive Technology, there are only four general conclusions that can be reached.
Assistive technology not available to all students in the classroom should be listed on the Individualized Education Plan if required by a special education student. Assistive technology available to all students, (e.g., the computer lab) to which the child has access, usually is not specified on the Individualized Education Plan. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to provide assistive technology if it is required for a student to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Assistive technology must be provided at no cost to the parents.