Assistive Technology Law

    The Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) accepts the responsibility, in partnership with students, parents and relevant community agencies, to provide assistive technology services, when appropriate, as a tool to facilitate the achievement of educational goals.

    Definition of Assistive Technology Devices

    The following definition of assistive technology comes from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), P.L. 101-476, Section 1401 (a) (25).).

    The term “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 functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

    Assistive Technology Services

    The following definition of assistive technology services is from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 101-476, Section 1401 (a) (26).

    The term “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. Such term includes:

    • the evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;

    • purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;

    • selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices;

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

    • training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child's family; and

    • 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 children with disabilities.

    For more information please go to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs' (OSEP's) IDEA website.