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This Dialogue guide was based on the FCTD Fact Sheet:  Assistive Technology Laws, 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.    In your opinion, why is it important that laws be in place to ensure access to assistive technology?  What biases might we encounter when we consider equal opportunities for students and adults that require assistive technology?

2.    Which of the laws in this article are commonly understood by the community?  Which of these are relatively unknown to the community?  Why do you think that is so?

3.    As you can tell from this brief, there are many federal laws that address the provision of assistive technology. 

Do you believe stakeholders (teachers and other school professionals, parents, students, community assistive technology providers) have a clear understanding of the different situations in which students and adults with disabilities can legally request and obtain needed assistive technology? 
If not, what barriers prevent this information from being more widely known?

4.    What policies and procedures are in place in your district and/or community to monitor implementation of the laws that apply to assistive technology?

5.    Is there a person(s) in your school/district/region/state that is responsible to keep up to date on federal laws that impact special education services?  Who is that person(s)?  If you do not know, how can you find out?



Application Questions



1.    What learning opportunities will we put into place to ensure that all stakeholders, especially students and their families, are aware of applicable assistive technology statutes to ensure the rights of students with disabilities?

2.    How can we help students and families access appropriate assistive technology services available under these laws?

3.    What procedures will we put in place to monitor the implementation of assistive technology laws that are applicable to the constituent group we serve? 

4.    What procedures will we put in place to ensure sharing of additional information and support relative to assistive technology laws?



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




Role: Policymaker
Location: Arkansas

Role: Family Member
Location: Florida

Role: Special Education Administrator
Location: Florida

Role: Higher Education
Location: Georgia

Role: Special Education Administrator
Location: Georgia

Role: Family Member
Location: New Jersey

Role: Special Education Teacher
Location: Oklahoma

Role: General Education Teacher
Location: Wisconsin







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