Considering AT in the IEP

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IDEA has placed the primary responsibility for considering the need for assistive technology and implementation of assistive technology plans with the student’s IEP team. By empowering the IEP team with this task it increases the likelihood that assistive technology will be used and students will achieve positive outcomes. 

Consideration is a short discussion that takes place during the IEP meeting using known information regarding a student’s required task, the environment in which the student must complete the task, the student's capabilities and if the student is making adequate progress using the existing strategies. The result of this discussion would be to continue strategies already being used or to try or not to try assistive technology.

It is best practice to document the decision making process used to consider the student’s need for assistive technology. The Virginia Department of Education has developed guidelines for IEP teams to use for consideration and assessment of assistive technology. Documents, forms and resources can be found at the following website: 

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