Implications of Assistive Technology Assistive technology is important for many students in the special education program. Some use it as a tool to communicate their needs, while others use it to help them do everyday activities. It is imperative that we understand why some children need these extra aids, and how it can help them achieve their IEP/IFSP goals. Our goal is to create a least restrictive environment for the student, and the assistive technology will hopefully serve to help with our modifications and accommodations we have already set for our students. We must first glance at the reasons technology could be necessary, and examine the products out there to determine the best fit for the student. Finding the right fit can be difficult; we have to look at whether it’s affordable, age appropriate, and easy for students to use independently. These are defining factors that can make or break the product for the student. There are products out there that are fantastic, but are extremely expensive. Others may by affordable, but either not age appropriate for the student or not easy for student to use independently. We are striving to have our students become independent learners, but if the assistive technology doesn’t allow for that it isn’t always worth the money or effort if there is something better out there. After finding a product that is ‘just right’ for the student, all parties involved in the IEP/IFSP process need to learn how to use the technology, and need to be apart of the initial introduction of the product to the student. It is important that the parents and teachers involved understand how it works, so that they can use it themselves and determine if it is helping the student.