• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

    The Premier AT Conference

39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

It’s the Law: Advocating for Assistive Technology Services

Date & Time
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 2:20 PM PDT  
Grand AB  
Assistive Technology is essential for individuals with learning or physical challenges. It provides access to the curriculum for students of all ages as well as access to systems that provide access to content necessary to complete job functions. According to the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), assistive technology is defined as “products, equipment, and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for persons with disabilities.” The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) defines AT devices 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 children with disabilities (IDEA, 2004). Making sure all individuals have access to all types of content is essential, and it is the law. Under IDEA 2004, publishers of K-12 instructional materials are required to produce and submit NIMAS files to the NIMAC when customers include this requirement in the language of their print book purchase agreements and adoption contracts. Customers could begin requiring NIMAS in their contracts as of July 19, 2006. ADA states: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires State and local governments and public accommodations to provide goods, services, programs, and activities in a manner that is accessible to people with disabilities.  
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Legal
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
AT provides the vehicle for all individuals to access content. How do you advocate for AT services for people who need this support? Participants will understand the term AT and discover the best practices that guide the AT process.  
Primary Topic
Law, Compliance, and Policy  
Secondary Topics
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Education
  • Employment & Workplace
Session Type
General Track  


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