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Assistive Technology = Assistive technology device means 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. The term does not include a medical device that surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device. (IDEIA, 20 U.S.C. ยง 1401(1))

Universal Design = extent to which products are designed to provide access to all people.

Universal Design for Learning = Curriculum that is designed to provide access to all students by incorporating multiple means of representation, engagement and expression. (CAST)

Response to Intervention= practice of using high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to inform educational decision-making (The IDEA Partnership, 2009)

Progress Monitoring= scientifically based practice that is used to assess students' academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. (

Product = device, service, or environment

Accessibility = the extent to which people can derive functionality from a product or the ease of convenience of the product.

Usability = extent to which a product can be used for effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction.

Section 508:
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.