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If a student requires the use of an assistive technology device(s), what happens to the device(s) when the student graduates?

Answer: 

Transition planning for technology users is particularly challenging because there is no legal requirement for the transfer of ownership for an assistive technology device from the school to the individual student or to an adult agency upon graduation. Under state and federal law, public schools assume financial responsibility for the assistive technology device and services, but as a student transitions to adult life, the financial responsibility ends, and possession of the device reverts to the school. While there are no formal state policies in place, there is nothing to prohibit creative arrangements that support a seamless transfer of technology as a student graduates. One strategy to consider is collaboration with an adult agency to purchase the technology while the student is still in special education or to purchase it from the school district upon graduation.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 18, 2014 at 7:38am.