The Access Utah Network at 800-333-UTAH (8824) or Accessut.org
maintains a used equipment sales bank. Access Utah Network is a great
resource for AT devices. There are several AT equipment loan and
demonstration centers throughout Utah. They can provide AT on a short
term basis so you can experiment with different types of AT to find what
works best for the individual and/or while you get funding for the
technology you need. A list of these loan and demonstration programs is
located at www.uatpat.org or you may call toll free 800-524-5152.
It is the responsibility of the school district to provide for the equipment, services, and programs that are identified in the student's IFSP/IEP. A school district may pay for the equipment, services and/or programs itself; use other resources to provide or pay for the devices or services; or use private insurance funds, Medicaid, or other sources of funds, as long as the devices or services identified in the IEP are provided. Private insurance or Medicaid may be used only if the parent agrees.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires a free, appropriate public education for students with disabilities. IDEA requires schools to use the aids and services that assure that students with disabilities participate in and benefit from public education. AT is specifically mentioned in IDEA as a service which school districts may have to provide in order for a student with disabilities to benefit from special education. Agencies like early intervention programs and school districts are mandated to provide AT if the need for technology is included in the child's written plan.
When advocating for your child in special education, don't forget the following about AT and the IEP:
For additional information about assistive technology, please contact the following agencies.
Utah Center for Assistive Technology
Disability Law Center
Utah Parent Center
Utah Assistive Technology Program