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Funding - Assistive Technology

Who owns the assistive technology purchased for an individual student?


If the school district purchased the device, it is the property of the school district. If the assistive technology was purchased using the student's Medicaid or private insurance funds, the device belongs to the student.

Is the school district obligated to provide "state-of-the-art" technology for students with disabilities?


The school district is not obligated to provide "state-of-the-art" technology if the student's needs do not require it or if the student is unable to utilize it; however, if a student needs a "state-of-the-art" device or service to receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE), then the distri

Can school districts share the funding responsibilities of providing assistive technology devices and services?


Yes. This practice is especially appropriate for children with disabilities who are transitioning from Birth to Three programs into public school programs or transitioning from public school to adult services through Rehabilitation Services.

Are there other options for school districts to consider in lieu of purchasing the assistive technology device?


Yes. There are times when the outright purchase of devices is not necessary or even advisable. In instances such as these, school districts might consider rental or long-term lease/purchase options.

Must the school district assume financial responsibility for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services if they are listed in the IEP?


The school district must assume financial responsibility for the provision of assistive technology devices and services that are identified by the IEP team unless the cost is covered by third party benefits or insurance coverage and the parents agree to use such coverage to pay the cost, or a do

Are schools required to pay for assistive technology devices and services?


It is the responsibility of the school district to provide the devices, services, and programs identified in the IEP.


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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on July 26, 2016 at 2:24am.