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VOICE & CHOICE: "WE L The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to consider a student's need for assistive technology (AT). Assistive technology is defined 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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." Assistive technology for students with specific learning disabilities is any device or application that helps to compensate for processing deficits. Assistive technology provides functional independence by helping a student to work around challenges regarding access to information, output of information, or the meaningful organization of information so that it can be retrieved and IT