What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is specialized hardware and software equipment used by students with disabilities to increase their ability to participate in tasks of learning and daily living skills and functions as independently as possible. AT ranges from low tech (pencil grip) to high tech (laptop computers to ipads) that can be applied to adapted toys, mobility and seating devices, augmentative communication aids, personal computers and modifications, environmental controls and vocational adaptations.
“Assistive technology device” means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include medical devices that are surgically implanted, or the replacement of that device. (34 CFR 300.5)
- Assistive technology service” means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. The term includes: (34 CFR 300.6) The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability,including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment;
- Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
- Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
- Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
- Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child’s family;
- Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation services),employers, or other individuals who provide services to employ or are otherwise substantially involved in the major-life functions of that child.
How To Access Our Services
A meeting is planned with the Director of Special Education and other staff as appropriate to determine the need and establish the services to be provided.
We can provide functional assistive technology assessments
- A functional assessment is a group of activities to determine a child’s specific need in their customary environment.
We consult on Accessible Educational Materials
- Accessible versions of instructional materials to students who are blind or otherwise unable to use printed materials.
We coordinate with appropriate staff, therapist or service providers
- In order to meet each student’s unique needs, it is imperative this information and expertise be made available.
We offer training and technical support for staff based upon need
- Such as a training on discussing AT during IEP meetings and writing AT into the IEP; as well as various type of assistive technology devices.