Assistive Technology

On this page you will find information about assistive technology and the areas providing technical assistance for its use.

Texas Assistive Technology Network

The Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) is a partnership between Education Service Center (ESC) Region 4 and the TEA. Contacts from each of the 20 ESCs collaborate to provide statewide assistive technology (AT) training and technical assistance. The purpose of the assistance and training is to build school district capacity related to AT and to improve literacy skills of all students who need access to instructional materials in alternate formats. For technical assistance, contact your regional ESC TATN representativeOn the TATN Web Site, you can view training modules, assistive technology resources, and other useful links.      

Assistive Technology Related Legal References 

The following are assistive technology legal references:

Home Use of Assistive Technology Devices 

Federal Regulations require admission, review and dismissal committees to consider the child's need for AT in the development of the student’s individualized education program (IEP) (§300.346(a)(2)(v)). The use of AT devices and services must be reflected in the IEP (§300.346(c)). Schools must permit the use of school-purchased AT devices at home or in other settings, if the IEP team determines that the child needs access to those devices settings outside of school settings (for example, to complete homework assignments). 

AT devices that are necessary to ensure a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) must be provided at no cost to the parents, and the parents cannot be charged for normal use, wear and tear. The school owns the AT devices but state law governs whether parents are liable for loss, theft, or damage.

Transfer of Assistive Technology Devices 

State law (TEC §30.0015) allows schools to transfer AT devices when a student moves to a different school in the district or no longer attends school in the district that purchased the device. The AT device may be transferred to:

  • the new school or school district,
  • a state agency that provides services to the student after graduation, or
  • the adult student or student’s parents. 

TEA has developed a form (Uniform Transfer Agreement Form for Assistive Technology Devices) to convey title of AT devices that are transferred under this state law.