Assistive Technology 101 SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Presented by • Alma Rodriguez, Assistive Technology Coordinator • Barbara Charles, SLP & Assistive Technology Team Leader
OBJECTIVES TPW become familiar with Assistive Technology laws and IEP procedures. TPW become familiar with the light-tech and high tech equipment in the area of Assistive technology devices.
IDEA’97 AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES
IDEA and Assistive Technology • IDEA addresses AT in two ways: • In the inclusion of definitions of “Assistive technology devices and Assistive technology services. References are in both Part A, which covers the 3-21 age group and Part C, which covers the 0-3 age group.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES ...... 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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. 20 U.S.C. Chapter 34, Section 1401 (25)
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES “...... any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Assistive Technology Services • Evaluation • Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of the devices • Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing or replacing of Assistive technology devices.
Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with Assistive technology devices. • Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability, or if appropriate, that child’s family. • Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide services to , employ, or are otherwise involved in the major life functions of individuals with disabilities.
Areas Affected by Assistive Technology • Positioning • Computer Access • Environmental Control • Augmentative Communication • Assistive Listening • Visual Aids
Mobility • Computer-Based Instruction • Physical Education, Recreation, Leisure and Play • Self-Care
IDEA’97 additionally ensures: Each public agency shall ensure that Assistive technology devices or services, or both are made available with a disability if required as part of the child’s: (a) special education (b) related services (c) supplementary aids services 20 U.S.C. Chapter 34 Section 1412(2), (5) (B)
Texas State Education Code • 29.004 Comprehensive Assessment ........ The assessment shall be conducted using procedures that are appropriate for the student’s most proficient method of communication.
Commissioner’s/SBOE Rules • Each district shall establish at least one ARD committee that shall make decisions concerning eligibility determinations, development of the IEP, consideration of assistive technology .................
Assistive Technology and the ARD • Clearly defined policies • Special Education staff with a good understanding of Assistive Technology • Family as key team members • Specialized technology teams • Sufficient budget or access to special technology funds
Assistive Technology Process • Referral (30-60 days) • Observation/Evaluation • ARD addresses AT Recommendations/PEIMS • Research, Funding, and Order Materials/ Equipment • Training/Implementation • Monitoring
Ten Things Administrators Should Know • Technology is expensive • Training is crucial • Certification is rare • Conventions have it all • Team Approach is crucial • Sales Reps are not consultants
The individual determines the technology • Talk to people in your state • Try it before you buy it • YOU HAVE TO DO IT
Resources • Linda Chromaster – Region One ESC Lchromaster@esconett.org • Peter Graves – Region One ESC Pgraves@esconett.org