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Assistive Technology Companion Guide to the Transition Health Care Check List: Health Care Skills Needed for Independence

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health Southwest Regional staff and their community partners recognized a gap in health services for youth with special health care needs. When these youth leave school, they transition from having different or no insurance coverage, from seeing pediatric specialists to searching for adult medical specialists, and from good coverage for medications to having to understand new systems for obtaining medicines. Working with the State Transition Team, agencies, and families, the Transition Health Care Check List was created to guide youth, families, and professionals during this time of change.

This Assistive Technology Companion Guide to the Transition Health Care Check List was developed by Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT), a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, to draw attention to the ways that assistive technology (AT) can help transitioning students perform the tasks that have been identified as health care skills needed for independence. The Companion Guide corresponds to Section I. Health Care: Skills Needed for Independence on pages 5-8 of the Checklist.

An assistive technology device is defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 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 a child with a disability (except a medical device that is surgically implanted). Assistive technology services means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device, including an evaluation of the child's AT needs; customization or adaptation of a device; training for the child or child's family in the use of the device; or training for professionals (e.g. teachers or classroom aides) who provide services to the child.

Opportunities for considering AT in the Guide are indicated by a small AT triangle symbol. AT Symbol

These are just some of the possibilities of AT devices and services for students with disabilities; many more solutions may be possible to meet the transitioning student's needs. Additional text added to the original Check List is indicated by italics.

For more information about assistive technology, funding for AT devices and services, and the resources and activities of Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, contact PIAT at ATinfo@temple.edu, toll-free (in–state; voice) 800-204-PIAT (7428) or (in-state; TTY) 866-268-0579. PIAT operates Pennsylvania's Assistive Technology Lending Library, a resource for short-term equipment loans (ATlend@temple.edu) and Pennsylvania's Telecommunication Device Distribution Program (TDDP@temple.edu).

The contents of this publication were developed under a grant from the US Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration through the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 as amended. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

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