The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at UNC

AT Definition

Sec. 300.5 Assistive technology device: Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.
Sec. 300.6 Assistive technology service. (Sec. 602(2)) Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. The term includes--
a. The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the             
            child in the child's customary environment;
b. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by 
            children with disabilities;
c. Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing
            assistive technology devices;
d. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology
            devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and
e. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child's family; and
f. Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation
           services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially
            involved in the major life functions of that child.


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