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This Dialogue guide was based on the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology: Section 4: Quick Questions and Tips, The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD), Academy for Educational Development (AED),



Knowing your available time and your audience, choose one or many of the dialogue starters below.



Reaction Questions



1.    From your experience, what do you know about or what have you seen that could be considered assistive technology?  Please give examples.


2.    What resources are currently available for others to learn more about assistive technology? To learn about funding assistive technology? 


3.    What are the options we have locally and/or statewide for funding assistive technology? 


4.    In your opinion, what would be the benefits of a child using assistive technology devices in both the home and at school?


5.    What current policies does your school/district have regarding students using assistive technology devices outside of the school setting?


6.    Describe the relationship your public school/district has with the private schools in your area with regards to special education?


7.    What is the current relationship between families/student and schools/district with regards to a student’s assistive technology needs?  When a disagreement arises, describe the method used to come to a mutually acceptable conclusion.



Application Questions


1.    What procedures will we put in place to support others in learning about and accessing available resources with regards to assistive technology? 

  • To learn about funding for assistive technology?
  • What research will we need to do in order to learn of additional resources at the state/local levels?


2.    What policies will we have in place with regard to students using assistive technology devices outside of the school setting?  What procedures/guidance will we put in place to address shared funding of a particular device or assistive technology tool?


3.    What procedures will we put in place to encourage public and private schools to work together to meet the assistive technology needs of students?


4.    What procedures will we put in place to ensure students have opportunities to practice with a variety of devices before determining the most appropriate to meet his/her needs?


5.    What procedures will we have in place in order to ensure a working relationship with families and students when there is a disagreement regarding an IEP team decision about assistive technology?



The following stakeholders worked together within the
IDEA Partnership to create this dialogue guide:


Role: Special Education Administrator
Location: Florida

Role: Related Service Provider
Location: North Carolina

Role: Special Education Teacher
Location: South Carolina

Role: General Education Teacher
Location: Pennsylvania






The IDEA Partnership located at the National Association of
State Directors of Special Education is sponsored by the
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs.   2009