Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Educational Technology and the Office of Special Education Programs released a comprehensive guidance package designed to increase understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act’s (IDEA’s) assistive technology (AT) requirements, dispel common misconceptions regarding AT, and provide examples of the use of AT devices and services for children with disabilities, as well as to highlight the different AT requirements under Part C and Part B of IDEA.
This package includes two parts:
- A joint Dear Colleague Letter from Glenna Wright-Gallo, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and Roberto J. Rodríguez, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, announcing the release of the guidance package.
- A guidance document dispelling common misconceptions regarding AT: "Myths and Facts Surrounding Assistive Technology Devices and Services."
You can also learn about the release of the National Education Technology Plan, which provides actionable recommendations to address digital use, design, and access divides in education.