Assistive Technology Legislation

  • Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975

    Ensures a Free and Appropriate Public Education for all students with disabilities. Also required an IEP for students with special needs.
  • Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988

    Also known as the Tech Act, this piece of legislation was the first that defined assistive technology devices and services.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    Set in place laws for a job applicant or an employee who has a disability. People who have disabilities are ensured full civil rights and also equal opportunity for transportation, employment, public accomodation, local and state government, and telecommunications.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    The Education for All Handicaped Children Act was renamed IDEA in 1990. IDEA includes a transition plan for after you are done with school. Autism and Tramatic Brain Injury were added as categories of disabilities with IDEA as well.
  • Rehabilitation Act Amendment of 1992

    This amendment brought about Section 504 which states that students with disabilities have equal rights. Section 504 offers protection over a broader range of students than IDEA does.
  • Tech Act Amendment

    Revisions and amendments were made to the Tech Act.
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997

    The definition of Assistve Technology was adopted from the Tech Act of 1988. Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) really were stressed in this Act. This revision to the Act added that students are to be educated with their peers.
  • Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 1998

    Provides students with disabilities access to career and technical education. It also provides assistance to purchase the latest technology and equipment.
  • Assistive Technology Act of 1998

    Title I – State Grant Programs (for support and advocacy activities for programs of technology-related assistance) Title II – National Activities (for research related to AT that incorporates principles of UDL) Title III – Alternative Financing Mechanism (financial resources to pay for establishment, administration, or expansion of AT systems for individuals with disabilities) Title IV – Repeal and Conforming Amendment (Repealed the Tech Act of 1988)
  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

    The four principles included in this that affect assistive technology are:
    Accountability for results
    More options for parents
    Greater local control of and flexibility in the use of federal funds
    Emphasis on using best practices based on scientific research
  • Assistive Technology Act of 2004

  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004

    Universal Design for Learning was introduced and that, along with assistive technology, now are required to be a part of the IEP.
  • Telecommunications Act of 1996

    Provided accessibility, usability, and compatibility for all individuals related to the Information Superhighway.