What is Assistive Technology?

Welcome to the SVVSD Assistive Technology Blog!

Here you will find useful information and forms to help you through the Assistive Technology process in the district.

Who is your Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Program Support? 

Lauren Hodges

hodges_lauren@svvsd.org

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is equipment or systems…

  • Specialized commercial devices or accessories, i.e. AAC Devices
  • Mainstream commercial devices or accessories, i.e. iPads or Chromebooks
  • Do It Yourself (DIY) technology workarounds or accessories
  • Accessibility features in software, cloud-based applications and extensions

…that can be used to accommodate barriers to making progress on IEP goals for individuals with disabilities.

Why could students with IEPs benefit from AT?

Students benefit from AT that accommodates, enhances and bridges their learning in their educational programs. These devices, systems or accessories will help students reach their potential and make progress on their IEP goals.

 

When should Assistive Technology be utilized?

  • There are physical access issues (e.g., unable to hold a pencil/pen)
  • Student has limited verbal/non-verbal expression
  • When there is a barrier to the student making progress on his/her IEP goals using Tier 1, Tier 2, and specialized interventions
  • To accommodate learning challenges associated with students unique learning needs

 

What might some of these learning challenges look like? 

  • The student often needs text read to him/her in order to complete an assignment.
  • Handwriting is so illegible that the meaning is impossible to decipher.
  • The student cannot organize assignments or daily tasks in a way that brings them to completion.
  • Current accommodations are not working.
  • The effort of writing is so slow or so exhausting that it is counterproductive.
  • The student is unable to communicate verbally.
  • Difficulty aligning math equations.
  • A student is unable to hear all that is being said.

 

AT Referral Forms

Assistive Technology Support Request

App and Accessories Request

Writing Support Request

Communication Support Request

Reading Support Request

Mathematics Support Request

 

Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication Trainings provided by AT Department

Do you need an AT Training?  We would be so happy to visit your special education team meeting or trainings can be scheduled at a time convenient to your team. We can provide trainings just for special education teams or trainings for entire school staff? What trainings can we provide: AAC Trainings could be- PECS …

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Create an Implementation Manual for the Teams and Family

Create an Implementation Notebook for the Team or for the family: AAC Parent Guidelines High Tech AAC Handbook Planning Sheet for Activities Scope and Sequence for Teaching AAC Vocab Core Word Planners, send these home, focus on 1-4 words a week Include Copy of the Device Manual

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