The term “assistive technology” (AT) refers to an array of devices and services used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a student with a disability. Assistive technology may include equipment or strategies needed to assist academics, communication, mobility, and other needs. Assistive technology devices may range from simple modifications to sophisticated technical equipment.
What do AT services look like?
We provide support materials, workshops and training, consultation to local district teams, direct training and support to students with AT needs, and access to a lending library in order to increase student's access to the classroom and curriculum.
How do I get AT services for my student?
Getting Stared: Email a short description of the difficulty the student is having and what you have tried that hasn't worked. Sara will reply with a tool or two for you to try. Training on AT tools you would like to use is also available for teachers and students.
Finding the best AT tools(s) for a student: If you would like to have a "Consultation Meeting" (aka brainstorming session), fill out the AT Consideration Form and email or mail to Sara Smith.
Formal Evaluation: Completing a REED can be a nessisary and helpful step in some cases. If so, please contact Sara before you start a REED document to make sure that at least three tools have been tried (fill out the AT Consideration Form and send to Sara to show that this has been done or to ask for tool suggestions). If you are ready to complete a REED please allow Sara to fill in the section on what will be assessed. Thanks!
Click here to go to the AT Lending Library
Click here to see more AT Resources
If you've been wanting to try Speech-to-Text, the ipad app "Dragon Dictate" or Google Chrome Extensions like "Read&Write for google" or "VoiceNoteII" are great free options to try. To use many of these you need headphones with a microphone, but if you don't have one, no worries! Contact me and borrow one from the AT Lending Library for up to 6 weeks!
interoffice mail: MOISD/MORC AT Lab