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Does the school pay for an assistive technology (AT) device?

Does the school pay for an assistive technology (AT) device?

Published: Sep. 15, 2022

Schools must provide and pay for AT for students who need it. The school is not allowed to refuse funding or require parents to buy the technology themselves.

The school district assumes ownership of the device to the extent of the cost to repair or replace the devices. In most cases, the school is responsible for the maintenance and repair of AT devices, even when it is not owned by the school, and it is the school district’s responsibility to review its property insurance policy to determine whether it will cover loss or damage at school and at home.

In some cases, parents may be responsible for the cost of repair, such as if it's damaged through negligence. For more information, see our article Assistive Technology (AT) 101.

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