Teachers have the responsibility to be responsive to diverse student needs to help them access, participate, and/or respond to instruction within the general education classroom. These goals may be supported through the use of assistive technology. As defined by IDEA 2004, assistive technology is 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. Devices range in complexity from no- or low-tech tools to high-tech tools.
Topics currently available for training sessions and technical support:
Functional assessments of a student’s need for AT in their customary environment
Guidelines that IEP teams use for consideration of AT
Determining the need for a student’s use of AT and types of assistive technology available
Bookshare.org (online library of copyrighted content for students with qualified print disabilities)
To request an assessment for a student’s need for assistive technology a referral form needs to be completed.