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Assistive Technology Assessment: The Tried and True and the Brand New The Tried and True Since the 1990 reauthorization of IDEA with its definition of assistive technology ( AT) services, which included “the evaluation of needs, including a functional evaluation, in the student’s customary environment,” there has been a nationwide trend to identify and train staff within each school district to be more knowledgeable about assistive technology. In response to a need expressed by service providers in Wisconsin school districts, the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) developed the WATI Assistive Technology Assessment Process in 1994 to help school district staff …