Assistive technology (AT) allows students to access their curriculum and the instructional technology in the classroom. The goal of AT is to help a student perform classroom tasks more easily or efficiently, perform it in the least restrictive environment and/or perform successfully with less personal assistance.
AT includes a range of low/no tech to high tech devices, gadgets, hardware or software used by a student with a disability. The AT assists the student to do things for themselves that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do because of their disability. Some things aren't considered AT until a student needs them to meet their IEP or 504 goals.
AT eliminates barriers, enhances capabilities, and allows a student with a disability to do the things that we might take for granted in life. It builds on a student's skills and strengths to assist them in gaining access to the curriculum.
AT supports the needs of students with IEPs and 504 plans within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), and includes a team based problem solving process that occurs at the school level.
Creel, Croton, DeLaura MS, Eau Gallie HS, Harbor City, Holland, Johnson MS, Longleaf, Ocean Breeze, Roy Allen, Sabal, Satellite HS, Sea Park, Sherwood, South ALC, Surfside
Private, Charter, or Child Care
Ascension, Journeys, No Limits Academy, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rising Star Academy, Sancta Familia
Nancy Frana, MS., CCC-SLP
Apollo, Astronaut HS, Atlantis, Audubon, Cambridge, Cape View, Challenger 7, Cocoa HS, Coquina, Endeavour, Enterprise, Fairglen, Fieldston, Imperial Estates, Jackson MS, Lewis Carroll, Madison MS, Mims, Oak Park, Pinewood, Riverview, Saturn, SpaceCoast Jr/Sr, Stevenson, Titusville HS
Private, Charter, or Child Care
Alpha Academy, Atlantic Inclusive, Campus Charter, Einstein, Montessori, Emma Jewel, Park Ave. Baptist, Sculptor, St. Teresa's
To Be Determined
Andersen, Clearlake Educational Center, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr, Edgewood Jr/Sr, Freedom 7, Golfview, Jefferson MS, Kennedy MS, Manatee, McNair, Merritt Island HS, Mila, North/Central ALC, Quest, Rockledge HS, Roosevelt, Suntree, Tropical, Viera HS, Williams
Devereux, Divine Mercy, Lighthouse Christian, Merritt Island Christian, Our Savior, St. Marks, St. Mary's, Viera Charter
These schools are currently supported by the various LATS team members. To find out who to contact, please email Michelle Patterson at the link to the left.
Janice Kelly, OTR/L, ATP
Central MS, Gemini, Hoover, Indialantic, McAuliffe, Meadowlane Intermediate, Meadowlane Primary, Melbourne HS, Palm Bay HS, Riverdale, Stone MS, University Park, West Melbourne, West Shore Jr/Sr
Central Catholic HS, Educational Horizon, Holy Name, Imagine Schools, Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC), West Melbourne Christian
Kristine Lucente, MS., CCC-SLP
Bayside HS, Columbia, Discovery, Heritage HS, Jupiter, Lockmar, Palm Bay, Port Malabar, Riviera, Southwest MS, Sunrise, Turner, Westside
Brevard Christian, Calvary Chapel, Covenant Christian, Odyssey Charter, Palm Bay Academy, Royal Palm, St. Joseph, Trinity Lutheran
All IEP teams must consider whether a student with a disability requires an AT device and service. Consideration is a discussion that takes place during the IEP team meeting using known information and results of screenings and/or evaluations. This information allows for an informed decision regarding AT already being used, trying different AT devices, or discontinuing AT that may currently be in place.
School based teams should refer to the district's County Plan for the specific process for Assistive Technology.
The purpose of this Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) is to clarify and provide information regarding the provision of AT for students with disabilities. This TAP will help IEP teams complete the following:
Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) - August 21, 2013
Boardmaker TrainingBeginner level training to learn how to create materials with Boardmaker software for communication boards, visual supports and teacher materials. This training will include shortcuts, tips and tricks. You will have time to make materials for immediate use with your students. Bring any photos you want to use in creating materials and you may bring a flash drive to save materials created throughout the day.
Target Audience: ESE personnel, including ESE Teachers, SLPs, OTs, Behavior Analysts
Core Vocabulary and State Standards TrainingIntroductory workshop to learn how to increase participation of students with complex communication needs through the use of Core Vocabulary. Includes hands-on practice and creating materials to take and use with your students.
Target Audience: Personnel serving ESE students with language needs
Low-to-Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Organization, Reading & Math To expand knowledge and explore low-to-mid tech tools and strategies for writing, organization, reading and math in all classrooms. The training will include hands-on tools for all areas, learn & practice handwriting and typing assessment, use learning & organization checklists, and tools to help students ACCESS standards and curriculum. Implementation Activity/Follow-up required for in-service credit.
Target Audience: General Education Teachers, MTSS teams, ESE Teachers, Speech and Occupational Therapists.
Visual Supports TrainingSome prior Boardmaker experience is needed as this training provides an opportunity to learn about and create visual supports with Boardmaker software for students and teacher materials that can be used immediately. The day will include resources, shortcuts, tips and tricks.
Target Audience: ESE personnel, Gen. Ed. Teachers, Speech and Occupational Therapists
AT in the Classroom Training
For many students with disabilities, assistive technology (AT) is critical
to ensuring participation and progress in the general curriculum. The
Assistive Technology in the Classroom training will provide an overview
of various types of assistive technologies and how to assist students in
selecting, obtaining, and using assistive technology to increase
engagement in instructional activities.
Target Audience: Teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities/access points, SLPs
Environmental Communication Training (ECT)
Participants will learn:
• A systematic approach to activity planning to
foster communication skills
• Structured implementation strategies for AAC
• A structure to develop effective partner
responses and behaviors
• Development of communication-focused
Target Audience: School based teams including an ESE Teacher, Instructional Assistant, SLP, and other team members will be selected with administrative approval