Division Policy 6.07


Purchase of Access and Rehabilitation Technology


September 1, 2012


October 18, 2017


This policy will be reviewed annually and updated as needed.


Provide guidelines for the purchase of computers, software, note takers and all other technology.


FS 413; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


It is the policy of DBS to purchase computers and assistive technology (AT) consistent with a client's Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), when such computer or AT purchase is necessary for the VR client's success in preparing for, obtaining, maintaining or advancing in employment. This policy is inclusive of purchasing necessary AT for VR clients who are actively engaged in DBS sponsored training programs.

When considering the purchase of computers and assistive technology, the guidelines below must be followed.

AT Purchases:

Training and Assessment


Computer & Assistive Technology Ownership and Maintenance

After three years, responsibility for repair and maintenance of all AT shall be the responsibility of the client.


Assistive Technology (AT) - Any object or system that increases or maintains the capabilities of people with disabilities.

Individualized Plan of Employment (IPE) - A document developed by the individual with a disability and his/her vocational rehabilitation counselor.

Level 1 Training - Basic technology training specific to speech and screen magnification, hardware, open book scanning, installation of accessibility software, basic computer set-up as well as minimal troubleshooting, and introduction to low vision and blindness products.

Level 2 Training - Advanced technology training; all skills in Level 1 plus in-depth hands on training to include more detailed troubleshooting capabilities, advanced features of accessibility software, internet access using accessibility software, knowledge of printers, Braille displays, MAC overview, installing anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, review of iPhone and iPad and troubleshooting various job site scenarios

Qualified DBS Personnel - An individual who has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Technology Training and who has the knowledge, skills and abilities to make appropriate AT recommendations to meet a client's specific needs.

Signed October 18, 2017 by Robert L. Doyle, III, Director.

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