Transition Planning: Not Just a Good IDEA, It’s the Law! Federal law mandates both transition planning and assistive technology services and devices for students with disabilities. The history of the legislation that led up to current mandates is described beautifully by Wallace, Flippo, Barcus, and Behrmann (1995) . The three mandates that affect us daily in our augmentative and alternative ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1998
Transition Planning: Not Just a Good IDEA, It’s the Law!
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Hank A. Bersani
    Assistive Technology Program, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland
  • Melanie Fried-Oken
    Assistive Technology Program, Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Articles
Article   |   February 01, 1998
Transition Planning: Not Just a Good IDEA, It’s the Law!
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 4-5. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.4
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, February 1998, Vol. 7, 4-5. doi:10.1044/aac7.1.4
Federal law mandates both transition planning and assistive technology services and devices for students with disabilities. The history of the legislation that led up to current mandates is described beautifully by Wallace, Flippo, Barcus, and Behrmann (1995) . The three mandates that affect us daily in our augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) professions are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA); the Technology Related Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act); and the Rehabilitation Act of 1992  (Rehab Act). IDEA mandates services, including AAC and assistive technology (AT) within educational services; the Rehab Act mandates employment-related adult rehabilitation services; and the Tech Act defines assistive technology devices and services for both service provision areas. We will combine information from the three mandates as we develop the new construct of assistive technology transition. Since AAC is part of the broader issue of AT, we will imply AAC for transitioning students throughout our discussion.
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