AT and EI in Colorado

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Assistive Technology (A.T.) Services

AT is one of 15 allowable services in early intervention (EI). Therefore, it needs to be considered early on in the IFSP process and documented on the IFSP. AT services are provided at no cost to families who are receiving Part C EI services.

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State Structure

The Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering collaborates on an ongoing basis with Early Intervention Colorado of the Colorado Department of Human Services to assure sure high quality AT services are delivered statewide to children who need them. 

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Who Provides A.T. Services?

Any EI provider can deliver AT services depending on their training and skills, and the needs of the child and family.

Colorado also utilizes a network of AT consultants across the state to improve the delivery of AT services through consultation, provision of resources and access to the statewide loan library. They can also refer to providers with advanced skills and knowledge in specific areas of AT. Contact us to find your local EI provider today!

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Funding

Funding for AT devices follows the Colorado State funding hierarchy but can vary based on each Community Centered Board’s available resources and policies, and the type of AT being funded. 

 


For Providers

Early intervention providers are key to the successful provision of AT services for young children. Research shows that by and large, for numerous reasons, AT services in early intervention are being underutilized. This page will get you started with a better understanding of best practice in the provision of AT services, and what opportunities are available to you as an EI provider. Be sure to check out the Resources link on this website as well.



Did you know...

A few quick and interesting facts about AT in EI...

 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device or adaption that helps increase the independence and functioning of a child with disabilities. 

AT includes items that help with communication, movement, positioning, play and learning.

 

AT is one of 15 allowable services in early intervention.

 

AT can help improve self-esteem, reduce child and adult frustration, and boost independence.

 

AT in EI is underutilized because of the need for better understanding and awareness. 

 

Many young children who need AT do not receive it until they are at least two years of age. 

 

There is a Colorado loan library of AT devices that is available to any child receiving Part C early intervention services. 

 

Colorado utilizes a network of EI AT consultants across the state who can help with access to the loan library. 

 


 



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