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 district must provide it. The IEP Team must make a determination as to whether an assistive technology device or service is required in order for a student to receive FAPE on an individual basis. If a specific device or service is necessary to enable the student to access the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment and to provide FAPE, then the district must provide the required device or service regardless of cost. However, if a less expensive device or service would accomplish the same goals, the IEP Team should so indicate and the district is under no obligation to choose the more expensive option.