In January 2024, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) released guidance in support of children with disabilities who need assistive technology (AT) devices and services for meaningful access and engagement in education. In addition, all children (infants, toddlers, children and youth in grades K-12) with disabilities are provided with equality of educational opportunity that leads to full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency – going beyond equitable access to technology and educational materials. The release is packaged in two parts:
Read the Dear Colleague Letter on providing assistive technology devices and services for children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Read the Myths and Facts Surrounding Assistive Technology Devices and Services designed to increase understanding of the IDEA’s AT requirements, dispel common misconceptions regarding AT, and provide examples of the use of AT devices and services for children with disabilities and to highlight the different requirements under Part C and Part B of IDEA.
Want to learn more about the AT guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education? Leaders from OSEP and the Office of Education Technology will participate in the discussion, highlighting resources for students with disabilities and the practitioners, teachers, parents, and caregivers who educate and support them.
OSEP’s Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) will offer additional resources and technical assistance on the AT guidance over the coming months. Visit the CITES webpage for more information.
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