New Jersey Department of Education

Assistive Technology

Children with disabilities have the right to participate in everyday activities with their typically developing peers. The appropriate use of assistive technology (AT) in the classroom or playgroup, at home, and in the community supports natural learning opportunities and the successful inclusion of infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities in the full array of services and settings that are available to all young children.

An assistive technology service is defined by IDEA 2004 as "any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device." (§1401(2)). The term includes:

  1. the evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;
  2. purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by such child;
  3. selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
  4. coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
  5. training or technical assistance for such child, or, where appropriate, the family of such child; and
  6. training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education and rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of such child.

For any additional assistance or questions, please contact, Office of Special Education by email at

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Assistive Technology Resources

 *These tutorials and trainings are included to illustrate the range of available assistive technology trainings available; the inclusion of these links should not be construed as an official endorsement of these trainings by the New Jersey Department of Education 

A generous website with lots of tools and resources for parents and teachers. 

The National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP) 
An organization that promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical, and social/emotional disabilities. 

National Assistive Technology in Education Network (NATE Network) 
A variety of assistive technology resources are listed here. While the list is certainly not exhaustive, we have attempted to provide a range of resources. They are arranged in the following categories: AT Assessment, AT Basic information, AT Consideration, AT Forms, AT in the IEP, AT and Learning Disabilities, AT Services, AT in Special Education Laws, AT Tools, AT Training, AT Transition, AT Tutorials, Adapted Levels of Text, Advocacy and Funding, Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Beginning Reading, and Literacy 

Assistive Technology Training Online (ATTO) Project  
Resource for training materials including Integrating AT into the IEP; has numerous online tutorials and links to other tutorial sites 

Oregon Technology Access Program 
Free downloads including AT Consideration Guide and Assistive Technology Extended Assessment 

University of Kentucky Assistive Technology Project
Free download of UKAT Toolkit, a document for AT consideration. 

Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiate 
Resource for free downloads including the WATI Consideration Guide and Assessment Form Packet. 

Alliance for Technology Access 
AT Mini-Assessment. 

LD On-line 
AT Evaluation Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities. 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
Dave Edyburn, A Primer in AT Outcome; ATOMS Project:  AT Outcomes Measurement Systems Designs. 

Technology, Educators, and Children with Disabilities – NJ (TECH-NJ) 
TECH-NJ, written by students and faculty of The College of NJ, is designed to support professionals, parents, and computer-users in their efforts to use technology to improve our schools and to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. 

Http:// - device tutorials; vendor links; academic resources for AT devices. 

Illinois Assistive Technology Project online articles on topics related to assistive technology. 

Pocketful of Therapy 
A website developed by Occupational Therapists that includes a number of AT products that support access to education inclusive of pediatric and school based products. 

*These software and apps are included to illustrate the range of available assistive technology products and supports; the inclusion of these documents should not be construed as an official endorsement of these apps/programs or supports by the New Jersey Department of Education 

Reading Support Apps

Writing Supports Apps

Communication Support Apps

Voice Dream Reader 

Read & Write 

Clicker 8 

Don-Johnston Inc 












Scanning Pen C-Pen 

Co:Writer Universal 


Clicker Writer 












GoTalk NOW app 

LAMP Words for Life app 



Speak For Yourself 


Math Support Apps

Access Support Apps

Visually Impaired Support Apps









Voice Dream Scanner 




Visually Impaired Support









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