19 January 2020

Apply for AT following the Ministry of Education's steps

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Selecting and applying for assistive technologies’

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Assess suitability

Assess suitability

The Ministry of Education allocates devices which are over and above standard classroom equipment to support some students. 

Students supported by any of the following services are able to apply for AT:

They must also be enrolled in a registered school (compulsory education) or formally exempted from school and aged between five and 19 years (or up to the end of the year in which they turn 21 if they have an individual agreement with the Ministry of Education (Section 9 special education agreement).

Who can apply for assistive technology – details Ministry of Education information.

Follow the application process

Follow the application process

The Ministry of Education outline three steps in applying for AT.

  1. Establish a collaborative team.
  2. Complete an assessment:
    • Clarify the purpose of the AT.
    • Gather information and assessment data.
    • Trial assistive technology and collect data.
  3. Submit your application.

Forms for assistive technology – downloadable forms including those for application, repairs, replacement, management, and review are on the Ministry of Education website.

Useful resources

Useful resources


Assistive Technology Service Pathway

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Select and apply for AT”:

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