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Computers for People with Disabilities
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Computers and People with Disabilities

Computers for Children with Disabilities
A Worksheet for Parents

If you think your child needs a computer for school or home, use the following as a tool to help you determine and support your child's needs for computer equipment.

Why do you think your child needs a computer?
I think my child needs a computer because...


Have you identified the educational goals that the computer will help your
     Yes ___     No ___
For example, a computer may help students improve written expression; complete
assignments in a reasonable amount of time; assist in electronic research. If the primary purpose of the computer is educational, consider requesting the computer through your local school district.


Have you identified other ways in which a computer will help your child's
     Yes ___     No ___
For example, a computer may help children to play, socialize, and lengthen attention span.

A computer will help my child ...


Has your child had a computer evaluation?      Yes ___     No ___
An evaluation is necessary for determining what type of computer hardware and software are appropriate for your child. An evaluation should also identify any adaptations your child will require in order to access the computer.

An evaluation was provided by ________________________________________

The evaluator recommended a computer because...


The evaluator recommended the following equipment, software, or other adaptations for access..


Have you identified when, where, and how often your child will be using the
     Yes ___     No ___
The computer may be needed in the classroom; in the library or resource room or at home.

My child will be using the computer during...


Are the computer hardware, software, and services necessary to use them included in your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) of Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)      Yes ___     No ___
If you anticipate that the computer your child needs will be provided through your local
school district or early Intervention Program, the computer should be written into your
child's IEP or IFSP.


The following hardware, software, and assistive technology services(s) are included in my  child's IEP/IFSP...



Resource Pennsylvania Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT) (800) 204-PIAT (74280 Voice; (800) 204-PIAT (7428) TTY. PIAT is funded under Public Law 103-218 by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. department of Education, #H224A20006-96




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