• Assistive Technology

    Assistive Technology (AT) includes 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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology can benefit students across all disability areas, e.g., individuals with hearing impairments, visual impairments, physical impairments, etc. Assistive Technology services can range from simple modifications to sophisticated, multipurpose devices. Examples include enlarged print, communication boards, microswitches, modified or alternate keyboards, and voice output aids.

    What would Assistive Technology do for students?

    Students with disabilities can use Assistive Technology to improve:
    • Academic Performance
    • Motivation
    • Behavior
    • Independence
    • Self-concept and Self-worth
    • Lifetime Functioning

    Additionally, students with disabilities who use technology may be perceived as more capable.

    What steps should you take to begin the process to explore appropriate Assistive Technology?

    • Review student's IEP and any previous AT assessments/interventions
    • Discuss concerns or questions related to AT that have not been addressed on the IEP with the Child Study Team
    • Explore interventions and document the results
    • Follow the district's team process
    Josh Nelson, Director of Educational Programs