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October 17, 2005


Daunna Minnich

Thank you for the cogent articles you publish on topics of importance to so many of us. I look forward to each new blog, knowing you'll have something interesting to say, something interesting to think about.

Vicki Martin

Thanks Charlie for the assistive tech is it worth fighting for article. I am searching out different options for my daughter and it is timely. Any sites that have info on the different options would be helpful.
Vicki - mom of 9y/o sweetie with autism

Micki Leader

Thank you for this article.I was recently told by a CSE Chairperson that the district's practice was not to provide AT evaluations for any student who was not receiving OT services. When I asked her to explain the regulations behind that practice she claimed she saw no reason to do the evaluation. The 9 year old child was a classifiled LD student with a long history of speech and language delays. She has delays in reading, writing ,math ,processing and CAP. She scores 2.5 grade LEVEL ON VOCAB TESTING AND IS IN THE 5TH GRADE. When I replied that it is in IDEA, that the school must evaluation a student who has learning problems to establish what AT devices might help them access the curriculum, they flat denied it. Can you cite the law, regs, etc andany cases where it clearly states what the schools have to do to provides LD students with AT evals?

Charles Fox

IDEA 2004 has many references as to the need for evaluations for Assistive Technology for any child who has a defined disability.
For instance,IDEA 2004 requires that: "Each public agency must ensure that assistive technology devices or assistive technology services, or both, as those terms are defined in Sections 300.5 and 300.6, respectively, are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child's special education, related services, or supplementary aids and services. 34 CFR 300.105 (a)."

Lori Mallory

Great articles on assistive tech! Do you know of any federal or any state level (MN) cases regarding assistive tech. I'm a graduate student writing a presentation on this topic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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