363.3 Assistive Technology







The Board of Education endorses the provisions of universally designed learning environments to meet students’ needs in the least restrictive environment.  The environment is designed to be usable by all students to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialized design.  For those students whose needs are not fully met using this approach, assistive technology devices and services may be required.   An “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 functional capabilities of students. “Assistive technology service” means any service that directly assists a student in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. 


In accordance with legal requirements, assistive technology must be considered for all students with disabilities by the student’s individualized education program (IEP) team.


Those students having special needs but not requiring a formal IEP according to law will also be considered for assistive technology devices and/or services on a case-by-case basis consistent with legal requirements, District policies and procedures.  Special needs students may include, but are not limited to, English language learners (ELL), migrant children, children and youth in transition, children living in poverty, gifted/talented students, Section 504 students with disabilities.    


LEGAL REF.:  Sections 120.13, 120.13 (5)  Wisconsin Statutes

                        PI 13 Wisconsin Administrative Code

                        Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

                        Assistive Technology Act of 1998

                        Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

                        Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990           


CROSS REF.:  342.1   Programs for Students with Disabilities

                        342.5   Title I/Programs for Disadvantaged Students

                        361.2   Media Center Materials Selection

                        363.2   Computer, Network and Internet Acceptable Use Procedure

                        363.4   Internet Safety

                        411      Equal Educational Opportunities

                        426-Rule Children and Youth in Transition Procedures

                        Section 504 Plan

                        District Technology Plan


ADOPTED:     April 24, 2006


Last Updated: 10/1/09
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