Understanding Assistive Technology in Minnesota

Assistive technology is any element that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional abilities of people with disabilities. Assistive Technology Evaluation involves assessing the person's need for assistive devices, including software. For example, if a person uses an electronic tablet as part of an environmental control system and as an augmentative communication device, the device is funded through the assistive technology exemption service. This evaluation can be conducted remotely, as long as all requirements in CBSM — Remote Support are met.

The leading agency authorizes assistive technology at the market price, and more information can be found in CBSM: Services with Market Rates and Long-Term Service Rate Limits, DHS-3945 (PDF). The parent agency can only bill for assistive technology services after the date the person is discharged from the institution and enrolled in the DD exemption. Additionally, some students with disabilities who receive special education services may need assistive technology (AT). A variety of assistive technologies are available for students to use and can be found in Accessibility Resources.

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