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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. (Section 602 (a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). The Assistive Technology Lending Library equipment and materials are there to enhance special education learners' outcomes and quality of life. The Regional Assistive Technology Lending Library lends equipment to school districts to determine if the specific piece of equipment meets the technology needs of individual students prior to the school purchasing a similar piece of equipment. The assistive technology needs of the student are determined through the IEP team process. Appropriate low incidence staff should be involved in the assistive technology request. Assistive technology materials are available for short-term loan to assist the team in determining the effectiveness of specific forms of technology.
Contact Chris Kuehl for more information.