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 donation to the school district is made. School districts may seek other sources of funding. However, the provision of assistive technology devices and services as determined necessary by the IEP Team must not be delayed by efforts to obtain outside funding and/or donations. If parents utilize their insurance coverage, then the parents must not be responsible for paying their insurance deductible and must not be compelled to have homeowners insurance to cover the assistive technology device. In short, there must be no cost to the parents. Therefore, the district should ensure that the district's insurance policy will cover the device during transporting to and while at school.