Assistive Technology (AT)

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Mission Statement

To assist local public education agencies, parents, and other government entities in building their capacity to consider and implement assistive technology for students with disabilities in order to improve access to the general education curriculum.

Definition of Assistive Technology
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An assistive technology device is 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 a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of that device.”[20 USCS §1401(1)(2)34 C.F.R. 300.5].An assistive technology servicerefers to any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. This includes the following for a child with a disability:

  • The evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in his or her customary environment;
  • Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
  • Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
  • Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices;
  • Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability, or, if appropriate, the child’s family; and
  • Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of that child.

[20 USCS §1401(1)(2)34 C.F.R. 300.6].

You can contact an AT Specialist in your area:

Flagstaff & Northern Arizona Phoenix & Central Arizona Tucson & Southern Arizona
Bruce Kennedy, MPA
(928) 637-1876
Mary Keeney, CCC-SLP
(602) 542-4016
Ann Gortarez, MEd
(520) 628-6665

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.

Quick Links & Training Information

AzTAP’s 17th Annual Assistive Technology Conference Registration Now Open

For more information, please visit



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Finding Good Apps



Assistive Technology Consideration Resource Guide

ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Short-Term Loan Library

The ADE/ESS AT Short-Term Loan Library (web link)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the ADE/ESS Short-Term Loan Library

SY 2014-2015 Short-Term Loan Library Equipment Loan Agreement

SY 2014-2015 Loan Request Form

Additional Resources

Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Arizona Textbook Accessibility (NIMAS/NIMAC)

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The A.T.TIPScast: Assistive Technology Tools IPublic Schools is a podcast about using technology to help students meet their educational goals.

Contact Us

Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Assistive Technology Team

1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-3852
Fax: (602) 542-5404
If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.

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