What is an assistive technology device?
Assistive Technology, or AT, devices are defined as "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 individuals with disabilities" (IDEA, Sec.602(1)).
Who is Eligible for Assistive Technology Devices and Services?
In Kansas, services for children from birth to age three years are coordinated through Kansas Infant-Toddler Services. Students ages 3 through 21 years, if they have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), are eligible for services through their school program. AT needs should be documented on the plan. Those with IEPs have to have a transition plan (including AT needs) at age 14 years to assist in their move from secondary education to other settings. For AT devices and services to be provided, they must be listed on the IEP.
Adults are eligible for devices and services through federal and state dollars distributed through the Assistive Technology for Kansas Project. Various funding sources might be utilized, including vocational rehabilitation, Medicaid, insurance, etc.
Assistive technology devices and services should be included in the plan, whether it be an Individual Program Plan (IPP), Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Home Plan (IHP), Essential Lifestyle Plan (ELP) or Person-Centered Plan (PCP), etc.
How Do I Get the Help I Need?
- Contact the Assistive Technology Access Site located at the SKIL Resource Center by calling 620-421-6551
- Contact the Assistive Technology of Kansas Project at 620-421-6550, ext. 1783 or 1-800-526-3648, or visit their website at www.atk.ku.edu