Some educators and makers of assistive technologies are decrying a successful move by House Republicans to block $2.5 billion in guaranteed funding increases for students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Advocates of the increase said the Republicans' move will hamper schools' efforts to purchase costly but effective new technologies aimed at helping these students excel in a traditional classroom environment.

"Assistive technology is very expensive, [and] schools often are dependent on funding from the government or other grant resources to help pay for it," said Bob Moore, executive director

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