According to federal regulations each public agency must ensure that an assistive technology device and or an assistive technology service is made available to a student with a disability if such device or service is required as a part of the student’s IEP. All ARD/IEP Committees are required by federal regulation CFR §300.324(a)(2)(v) to consider the student’s need for assistive technology (AT) devices and services in the development of the IEP. This does not mean that the AT needs of a child with disability must be considered in every ARD/IEP Committee meeting, but it does means that the AT needs of a child with disability must be considered every time the IEP is being developed.
What We Do
AT supports enable the student to access their education without disruption and levels the playing field in comparison to non-disabled peers. The Assistive Technology Team supports the student and campus through:
- Individual AT Evaluations, AT consultations, and AT classroom evaluations
- Teacher and Parent AT Training
- AT Troubleshooting and Support
- Support in developing draft goal and objectives for students that may benefit from AT
Assistive Technology Consultation Procedures
Purpose of Assistive Technology Consultation - An assistive technology consultation is an informal dialogue among those educators working with a student, and the assistive technology trainer(s). A consultation can happen anytime anywhere through any media. It can take place in a classroom, meeting room, or hallway. It can take place face to face, over the phone , conference call, video conferencing or email. AT Consultations may eventually lead to an AT evaluation, a classroom evaluation, or recommendations to trial certain tools or strategies. An assistive technology consultation may be requested by any staff member working with a student in need( teacher, Slp, OT, etc…). Outcome should result in strategies that assist the student in meeting their educational goal(s).AT Consultation Process
- A student is struggling with an educational goal or a memeber of the IEP team believes additional technology may be needed to suppoty a student
- Send an email requesting and AT consultation to campus diagnostician
- Diagnostician contacts AT team member
- AT team member will conduct an information meeting/conversation with staff member to determine student's challenges and needs
- The educator in collaboration with the AT team member will decide which strategy(s) to trial and collect data afor a designated timeframe
- Data is collected on student progress toward achieveing educational goals
- Based on the data, the AT team member will determine one of 4 options:
- No referral for evaluation is needed
- AT need identified but no formal evaluation required
- Referral for evaluation is needed, or
- AT team member determines additional information is required
Assistive Technology Referral Procedures
Assistive Technology Referral Procedures
Detailed procedures regarding the process follow:
- If referral for Assistive Technology is deemed warranted by by teacher, treating professional, campus staff member, parent or other member of the IEP Committee completes the AT Prereferral Questionnaire, scan the completed documents and send it via email to AT Team Meember.
- AT team will review the document and will contact you to schedule a staffing.
- AT Team has 15 school days (starting 1 school day following date of sent email containing completed AT Pre-Referral scanned document) to respond to campus’s request for referral.
- A staffing is scheduled by the campus Diagnostician, or Speech-Language Pathologist (in case of speech only student)
Four Options can be determined by the AT Team:
1. No Referral for Evaluation is Needed
- AT Formal Response Letter is sent via email to all Special Education Team members, along with; information outlining general strategies, recommendations, and tools
2. AT Need Identified but No Formal Evaluation Required
- Observation and trial period will be implemented with a data collection component from parents and teachers (2-4 weeks will be allotted for initial implementation)
- AT Data Collection Sheet(s) will be given to the appropriate professionals to monitor and track
- A follow up staffing with team members will be conducted by the AT Team on a predetermined date indicated in the AT Formal Response Letter
- If at the time of follow up, a formal evaluation is needed, the AT Team will initiate a full AT evaluation. (Please see “Referral for Evaluation is Needed” procedures, #3)
3. Referral for Evaluation is Needed
- Diagnostician will obtain Notice and Consent for evaluation.
- The AT Team will observe the student and environment as part of the formal evaluation.
- The AT Team will schedule a Post-Evaluation staffing to review the report and recommendations.
- The Diagnostician/SLP will ensure that a copy of the AT Evaluation is uploaded into eSped.
- After the stafffing the campus diagnostician, ARD Facilitator, or SLP will schedule a Revision ARD and send a copy of the AT Evaluation home to the parent to review.
4. AT Team Determines Additional Information is Required
- An email is sent to the campus Special Education Team along with an explanation of what additional information is needed for this student and the specified date information is required to be returned to the AT team
If at any time a parent, teacher, staff member or treating professional has Assistive Technology concerns for a student, they are encouraged to contact the camus diagnostician with any questions.