9. "Sorry, our school is not equipped with and does not have the money for the assistive technology your child needs."
- There are various assessments that can be used to determine
your child’s need for assistive technologies which enable her to access the
curriculum. These include functional vision, literacy modality (braille,
large print, regular print with low vision devices), and independent living
- Consult with other agencies and schools for the blind or visually impaired
to learn about the variety of assistive technology devices available.
- See if your state instructional materials center or assistive technology
center loans programs or devices to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Districts may be more willing to purchase a device which has been shown
to be effective for your child.
- You may also want to suggest alternative funding sources to your district,
such as corporate donations, Medicaid, private donations, and agencies for
- Introduce staff to at least one person who is blind or has low vision
who effectively uses assistive technology to maintain employment and live/travel
- If you disagree with the IEP, make sure to include a written statement
noting your objections. Unless indicated otherwise, signing the IEP indicates
attendance, but not necessarily agreement.
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National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities
and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
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Copyright © 2006 National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities
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