IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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a cochlear implant, a listening device is not a surgically implanted device. The Act excludes surgically implanted devices, such as cochlear implants, from the definition of assistive technology device but does not exclude listening
devices. Therefore, we have not revised §303.13(b)(1) as
requested by the commenters.
Comment: One commenter recommended that the definition of
assistive technology device include the phrase “all related
and necessary components of the system” to make clear that
the individual components needed to develop a customized device (e.g., ear mold for an FM system or a light pointer for an augmentative and alternative communication device) would be considered an assistive technology device and, therefore, a covered early intervention service under Part C of the Act. The commenter also recommended adding the
phrase “specially fit” to the definition of assistive
Another commenter requested that low-tech assistive technology devices, for example, items that can be purchased at a department store, be expressly included in the definition.
Discussion: The definition of assistive technology device
adequately addresses the commenters’ concerns and is not