IEP Components -An Overview of Assistive Technology and the IEP: A Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs in Your Classroom

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to make available to all eligible children with disabilities a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their individual needs. The law requires that public schools develop appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each child. The IEP is a written plan for educating a child with a disability. The IEP describes the student’s specific special education needs as well as any related services, including assistive technology. This issue of NASET’s IEP Components series, written by the Family Center on Technology and Disability (, focuses on assistive technology and the IEP. It is written for parents and can be used as an excellent resource for them to understand the basics of the topic.

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