2022 Edition

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services (CA-IDDS) 6: Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is available to help persons served make full use of the organization's services and live independently in the community.




Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services support children, youth, and adults to achieve full integration and inclusion in the mainstream, make choices, exert control over their lives, and fully participate in, and contribute to, their communities.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for helping individuals access assistive technology
No On-Site Evidence
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant staff
    3. Persons served
  • Review case records
  • Observe assistive technology


CA-IDDS 6.01

The organization provides assistive technology, or helps the individual access resources, as needed, and the individual is:
  1. involved in the selection of specific technologies;
  2. afforded the opportunity to try the device prior to purchase or assignment; and
  3. trained on the use of specific assistive devices being provided.


CA-IDDS 6.02

The organization works with community resources to help the individual and family:
  1. purchase or gain access to assistive technology, auxiliary aids, and other assistive devices; and
  2. make necessary physical adaptations to the person's home.