How can a staff member receive individualized training for a specific need?
In general, if the IEP Team specifies the use of an assistive technology device, it is the district's responsibility to train appropriate staff members and family members, depending on the individual needs of the student. In addition to a district-wide professional development plan, special circumstances might arise when it becomes necessary for individuals involved with a specific student to learn how to operate and utilize a device. It is the district's responsibility to either bring in a trainer or offer release time, tuition reimbursement, or pay conference fees for staff to get the necessary training elsewhere. Any training needs should be specified in the IEP.