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From the U.S. Department of Education Assistance to States for the Education of Children With Disabilities and the Early Intervention program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities; Final Regulations (regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), March 12, 1999.


(300.5) Assistive technology device
As used in this part, Assistive technology device 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 the functional capabilities of a child with a disability."


(300.6) Assistive technology service
As used in this part, Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

The term includes –
  1. The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;

  2. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;

  3. Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;

  4. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;

  5. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child's family; and

  6. Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of that child."

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