Funding and Acquisition

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Social media is an important tool that can be leveraged to help families acquire needed assistive technology (AT) for their children. This handout discusses ways to use social media to reach out to one's community to "crowdfund" when other resources are not available to pay for a needed support. This...

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Finding the funds to acquire needed assistive technology (AT) is often a primary concern for families and educators. There may be alternative ways to find AT through a reuse program. This handout discusses programs for acquiring AT that involve refurbishing, loans, and device exchange. This resource was created for PACER...

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For some teachers, having technology integrated into a classroom is useful; for teachers of students with special or additional needs, however, it can sometimes be necessary. But having or acquiring the funds to obtain these technologies can sometimes be difficult. This article lists some of the ways to make technology...

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The CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The CTA foundation’s mission is to link seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives, and to assist innovative nonprofits to make a difference.

The foundation’s grants strategically support programs that...

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Students with disabilities can benefit greatly from having the proper technological supports, especially if they have an individualized educational plan (IEP) that requires it, including resources at school to provide supplemental learning opportunities and assistive devices. This article describes what it means to provide infrastructure that supports these needs, and...

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The Unites States Department of Education prodides public education through a combination of traditional school districts and charter schools. Charter schools are autonomous public schools of choice, which are granted the opportunity to operate by entities referred to as authorizers—including state departments of education, local school districts, independent charter boards,...

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As more parents consider charter schools as an alternative to noncharter public schools for their children with special needs, special education in charters deserves a critical look. Here, the National Center for Technology Innovation examines the challenges and successes of special education in charter schools. This includes issues related to...

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The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs delivers the 2016 return on investment to convince the federal government that a small investment will yield great outcomes. The brochure details demonstrates ways in which AT improves communities with statistics to back up the claims, describes ways to take out loans or...

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These guides help school administrators and educational technology vendors learn what questions to ask and how to make informed decisions relating to educational technology. http://techmatrix.org/sites/all/themes/TechMatrix/images/consumerguide.pdf

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For children ages 0-5 years old, interventions, special education, and assistive technology for disabilities are rights protected by law. This article covers specific laws that cover the rights of young children with disabilities, emphasizing Assistive Technology.

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