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Volume 11, Issue 4: Fall 2003

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What's Inside...Fall 2003 Issue

Photo of Congressional BuildingSchool Districts Waiting on Congress's New IDEA
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reauthorization was well underway before the August Congressional recess.

Collaborative Teaming to be Highlighted at Inclusion Conference
Dr. Marti Snell, Coordinator of the Special Education Program at the University of Virginia, will present her views on Collaborative Teaming at the Tenth Annual Inclusion Conference on November 6, 2003 at Ruddertowne in Rehoboth Beach.

Dana by AlphaSmart Befriends Students
Many of you are already familiar with the AlphaSmart 3000. It is a simple, portable, low cost solution for many with handwriting and/or language-based difficulties. For those who need something a little more powerful, AlphaSmart, Inc. recently introduced its latest product, Dana.

Photo of Dana by AlphaSmartIndependence Through Assistive Technology Act of 2003
The Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act) is scheduled to expire at the end of 2004. As this date approaches, a number of groups--including the Technology and Telecommunications Task Force of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities in Washington, DC -- have convened to talk about what a new federal assistive technology initiative should look like.

Assistive Technology: Buyer Beware
How to avoid mistakes when purchasing educational assistive technology. There are a few steps you can take to help ensure an assistive technology success story.

The Assistive Technology Bargain Basement
Marvin Williams, AT Specialist, Kent County ATRC finds deals on assistive technology, and passes them on to you.

Photof of an Answer MachineSixth Annual LIFE Conference Announced
The 6th Annual LIFE Conference will be held on January 22, 2004 at the Dover Sheraton Hotel. Bobby Silverstein, Director of the Center for the Study of Advancement of Disability Policy, is the keynote speaker and will address legislation and advocacy efforts at the national level.

States Take Legislative Efforts to Fund Hearing Aids
An article by Tom McDonough, DATI Funding and Policy Specialist.

DSS/Medicaid Responds to The AT Messenger
The following letter was received in response to an article in the Spring 2003 issue of The AT Messenger regarding funding for hearing aids in Delaware. It is printed here in its entirety.

Photo of a Training Sessions OfferedNew AT Equipment Added to the DATI's ATRCs Inventory
Since DATI's Assistive Technology Resource Centers (ATRCs) opened in 1992, they have made thousands of no-cost AT loans to people in Delaware.Thanks to funds from the Delaware Department of Education, new equipment has just been added to ATRCs' inventory.

Vendor Training Sessions Scheduled
Note: All trainings are free of charge and will be held at the Delaware Technical & Community College Conference Center (Room 427) in Dover.