Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is used to meet the needs of students with disabilities to create independent access to the general curriculum and the school environment. Assistive Technology needs can be considered during the Response to Intervention(RtI) process and will be included in the Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

Assistive Technology is "any item, piece of equipment or product system... that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities"
-The Assistive Technology Act of 1998

Assistive Technology(AT) that is necessary for individuals with disabilities to access their environment and/or curriculum is supported by a cooperative effort between the student, parent and school staff. AT Teams consist of students, parents, special educator, AT specialists and classroom teachers. Teams will collaborate to meet student needs.

When considering if a child may be in need of an assistive technology assessment, ask:
"Is the child accessing the environment and/or curriculum independently?"

If no, What task(s) does the student need to do that is currently difficult or impossible, for which assistive technology may be an option?

AREAS of Assistive Technology support:


Seating, Positioning and Mobility
 
Mathematics 
Communication
Organization 
Computer Access
Recreation and Leisure 

Motor Aspects of Writing 
Vision 
Composition of Written Material
Hearing 
Reading
General



Referral process:
Complete Referral Process and Screening Form
Email - completed form to AT@upboces.org

Please address ALL assistive technology concerns via email to at@upboces.org
Subject line: equipment or content
Chloann Woolley: content - curriculum accommodations, training, Speech Generated Device(SGD)...
Brandon Stapanowich: equipment requests, loan bank requests, broken equipment, batteries...


RESOURCES:
SWAAAC Loan Bank: https://swaaac.goalexandria.com/

StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, SWAAAC
Assistive Technology Partners, ATP