The Rehabilitation Act defines rehabilitation technology as “the use of technology, engineering, or scientific principles to meet the needs of and address the barriers faced by people with disabilities in areas which include education, rehabilitation, employment, transportation, independent living, and recreation. 29 U.S.C. § 705(30)
Assistive technology services is one of the categories of rehabilitation technology together with rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology devices.
An “assistive technology device” is a term for any device or system that allows individuals to perform tasks they would otherwise be unable to do or increases the ease and safety with which tasks can be performed. The device may be purchased from a store, modified or changed to fit your specific need(s). 29 U.S.C. §§ 3001 et seq., 9 CCR § 7002.
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Yes. The DOR can provide you with assistive technology when determining your eligibility for DOR services. When existing information does not explain your current levels of functioning or the information is not available the DOR may conduct assessments, including an assessment for the need of assistive technology devices and services, and any other support services that are necessary to determine your eligibility. 9 CCR 7062 (g)(1)(a)(B).
For more information about DOR eligibility, see Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Fact Sheet, Pub #F066.01 at http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/F06601.pdf
Once you have been found eligible for services the DOR can include assistive technology in your IPE when it is needed to achieve your employment goal. 9 CCR § 7131 (a)(2)(A).
If you need rehabilitation technology to achieve your employment goal(s), your IPE must include:
Trial Work Experience and assistive technology. A “Trial Work Experience” (TWE) means the exploration of your abilities, capabilities, and capacity to perform work in a realistic setting and must be conducted prior to determining whether or not you benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. As part of the TWE, the DOR must include appropriate services including assistive technology and services to accommodate your rehabilitation needs during the TWE. 9 CCR § 7029.1. (For more information about DOR eligibility, see Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Fact Sheet, Pub #F066.01.
You can request an administrative review or request mediation and/or a fair hearing. 9 CCR §§ 7351(c), 7353.6 (b)-(c) and 7354.
For more information about DOR Appeals, see California Department of Rehabilitation Appeals Options and Process Fact Sheet, Pub #5530.01 at http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/553001.pdf or check at your local DOR office.