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.
Who is your Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Program Support?
Kelly Reardon, M.S., CCC-SLP
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.
What should I make sure to do first and before sending in an AT referral?
- consider the appropriateness of the curriculum
- reassess to ensure that Tier 1, Tier 2 strategies, specialized interventions and IEP accommodations/modifications are appropriately in place
- with these supports are they making progress? if yes no AT is needed
- conduct informal task analysis of the skill the student is struggling with to identify what any barriers are
- after you have identified the barriers what solutions can be identified within the school
- all AT referral require a referral form to be submitted
AT Referral Forms