Allowed Educational Technology
*Not an exhaustive list
Category 1: Vision
Description: Products designed to assist with vision
- Magnifiers including CCTV systems
- Talking scales
- Screen readers
- Screen magnifiers
- Braille displays
Category 2: Hearing
Description: Products designed to assist with hearing.
- Personal amplification systems (PocketTalkerPro)
- Personal amplification systems – wireless (FM)
- Group Assistive Listening Systems
Category 3: Speech Communication
Description: Products designed to assist with speaking and face-to-face communication for individuals with speech disabilities.
- Speech generating devices
- Communication boards/books
- Software with speech output
- Devices that produce text but not voice output for face-to-face communication (e.g., Crespeaker)
- Voice clarifiers
- Voice amplifiers
- Stuttering aids
Category 4: Learning, Cognition, and Developmental
Description: Products to provide people with disabilities access to educational materials and instruction; products that assist with learning and cognition.
- Clocks/timers/wake-up systems
- General personal organization
- Memory aids
- Money management
- Notetaking/Recording devices
- Electronic organizers/personal digital assistants
Category 5: Computers and Related
Description: Hardware and software products
- Desktop or laptop computer
- Tablet (e.g., iPad)
- Interactive whiteboard (e.g., Promethean*)
- Educational software or Apps
- Computer accessories that enable people with disabilities to access, interact with, and use computers (includes modified or alternate keyboards, switches activated by pressure, touch screens, special software, voice to text software)
Category 6: Miscellaneous
- Service plan/warranty for technology (at the time of purchase)
- Sales tax
Headphones and Headsets
Headphones are excluded unless specific to assistive technology as defined above (Hearing). These products that qualify as specific to assistive technology may be approved for use with hearing aids like Sennheiser or Momentum.
Allowable headsets include those approved for special voice recognition, such as to use with Dragon (voice to text) software.
Excluded headsets include noise canceling headsets, airbuds, and airpods
Accessories for a computer should be purchased at the same time as the allowable device (once every three years).
Allowable accessories include: wireless keyboard or mouse, printer, cables, a case (for an iPad, for example), a carrying case for a laptop, or external speakers.
Please note that educational technology items do not have to be purchased from the same brand or company.
Repeat Purchases/Items Over $600
ESA+ funds cannot be used for the same category of item within three school years, or for any item over $600.
- For example, a tablet purchased in 2022-2023 (fall or spring) cannot be purchased again until the 2025-2026 school year.
- Note that a tablet / iPad is one category of computer. A laptop / desktop is a different category.
*Not an exhaustive list
*Note that for Promethean-type products, the mounting hardware costs are allowable, but a fee for the service of mounting is not allowable.