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Copy of Assistive Technology & The IEP
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What is Assistive Technology?
IDEA defines an assistive technology device as 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. (20 USC 1401)
Assistive Technology Can Support
Computer Access (Input & Output)
Positioning and Seating
Activities of Daily Living
Examples of Assistive Technology:
Large Print Books
Eye Gaze Board
Switch with Scanning
Voice Output AAC
Remote controlled appliances
The Future of Assistive Technology?
What does this mean?
AT allows a person with a disabilitiy to do something that he or she could not independently do without the device.
Accessibility for All
Can you name this hero? His special skills
are still needed today to help us reach our goal!
Tennis Ball Grip
Playing Card Holders
Zipper Pull Grip
Comm Board and Storage Compartment
Jewel Case Props/Slant Boards
Milk Jug Catch
Rubber Band Glass Grips
Questions to ask yourself:
Does every child have a meaningful role in the activity?
Do I need to adapt the activity?
Do I need to modify the activity?
Are the expectations understandable to each child?
Do I need to clarify key information?
Are my assumptions reasonable?
If they can't talk it out, they will act it out
Behavior is communication!
The AT Continuum
The use of AT must be considered for every student that has an IEP according to federal law!
Support attention, comprehension, memory and reduce anxiety
low-tech; east to create
help to make abstract concepts more concrete
helpful to ALL students
AT Case Studies
Now, it's your turn...
AT is on a continuum
It is required by law
Should be part of the natural environment
Has to be taught
Never start with the tool
One size does not fit all!
S = Student
E = Environment
T = Task
T = Tool