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Public School Students: Who Can Pay for SGDs?

Lew Golinker

Lew Golinker, Esq.,
Assistive Technology Law Center

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 Webcast Description

This presentation provides information on funding resources for public school students who require a speech generating device. Lew Golinker, a lawyer with the Assistive Technology Law Center, describes the  features of four major funding sources:

1) Public schools
2) Health benefit programs (e.g., medicaid, medicare)
3) Vocational Rehabilitation
4) Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Programs

 Additional Resources

Handout with slides
A 32 page handout, including both slides and text, for this presentation.

Medicare Funding of AAC Technology
Web resources that describe eligibility information, assessment protocols, fee schedules and other important information regarding the use of medicare as a funding resource for AAC

Speech Generating Device Funding for Children
In this reprint from the September 2009 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine, Lew Golinker (Attorney and AAC Funding Advocate) describes funding sources for AAC technology.

Augmentative Communication News: Funding (December 2006)
This issue focuses on government funding for AAC devices around the world, and gives information about ten U.S. funding sources (pdf)


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