• The Duval County Public Schools Assistive Technology Office, part of the Related Services Office, Exceptional Education/Student Services Department, provides assistive technology (AT) assessments and trainings for students with disabilities (school age and preschool) in preschools, community schools and charter schools. The Assistive Technology Office also provides support and guidance regarding assistive technology to parents, public school staff, teachers and administrators.

    What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

    AT is defined as both a device and a service.

    AT devices are defined by IDEA as:

    "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 the functional capabilities of a child with a disability." § 602(1)

    AT service is defined by IDEA as:

    "any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device." § 602(2)

    How can parents request AT assistance?

    Parents may request assistance at any time through their child’s school, at an IEP meeting or during a MRT meeting. Schoolbased personnel will complete an Assistive Technology Consideration Guide and begin trials to explore AT options using the Assistive Technology Implementation Plan. Schoolbased personnel may also request assistance from District assistive technology specialists for consultation and/or an AT assessment.

    Heather McCabe
    Related Services 
    904. 348.5210