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Special Equipment Amount (SEA)     

Special Equipment Amount (SEA) equipment might include mobility devices, computer hardware and software, braille equipment, FM systems,
communication aids, sensory equipment, and other equipment that promotes your child’s independence and success.  

How does my child receive SEA equipment?   

  • Diagnosis of the condition by a qualified professional (eg. physician, speech and language staff, occupational therapist, psychologist, audiologist, optometrist);
  • Equipment recommendation from a qualified professional (eg. physician, speech and language staff, occupational therapist, psychologist, audiologist, optometrist);*
  • 30-day trial of the equipment showing the benefits of its use.
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) shows the need for the equipment to support your child’s program;
  • Parents/guardians will be asked to sign the Personalized SEA Application and Consent;
  • The Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) will send the information above to the principal of special education at the board office for approval; and,
  • Your SERT will inform you whether or not the application has been approved.

* Computer recommendations must include the statement “this assistive technology is essential for the student to access the curriculum.”

In addition to assistive technology (such as computer hardware and software) that may be recommended and provided to students with special education needs (SENs), there are many other types of assistive devices such as communication, hearing, visual and sensory integration devices and items that may be recommended by service providers to meet individual student needs.

Can my child take this equipment home?      

In elementary schools, the equipment usually stays at school. In some cases (often at the secondary school level), the principal may allow the equipment to go home, but first the parent/guardian or student, as appropriate, will be asked to complete the Assumption of Responsibility form. 

Some parents/guardians may wish to purchase equipment recommended by a professional and send it to school to be used by their child. This should be discussed with the school principal to ensure that usage, safety and storage concerns are addressed.