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.
Nancy Frana, MS., CCC-SLP
Renee Smith, B.A., ESE Teacher
Priscilla "Scilla" Kershaw, M.AAC
Janice Kelly, OTR/L, ATP
Cocoa High School
Emma Jewel Charter
Legacy Academy Charter
Merritt Island High
Space Coast Jr/Sr High
Central Area ALC
Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High
Eau Gallie High
Educational Horizons Charter
Imagine Schools Charter
South Area ALC
Pineapple Cove Charter
West Shore Jr/Sr High
Odyssey Charters K-5
Odyssey Charter Jr/Sr (6-12)
Odyssey Prepatory (K-6)
Palm Bay Academy Charter (K-3)
Palm Bay Academy Charter (K-5)
Palm Bay Academy Charter (6-8)
Palm Bay Elementary
Palm Bay Magnet High
Royal Palm Charter
Merritt Island Christian
No Limits Academy
Our Lady of Lourdes
Rising Star Academy
Space Coast Early Intervention
West Melbourne Christian
Holy Name of Jesus
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
Accessible Instructional Materials
This technical assistance paper is designed to assist school districts in providing access in a timely manner to accessible instructional materials, an inherent component of the providion of a free and appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 for students with disabilities (section 300.210(b)(3) of Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations). Students with disabilities who have difficulty reading and accessing standard print learning material require accessible instructional materials to participate in and make progress in the general curriculum. The individual educational plan team is responsible for determining if a student needs accessible instructional materials, the format of such materials and the necessary related accommodations the student may need to participate in the general curriculum.
Accessible Instructional Materials- Technical Assistance Paper (TAP)- May 2017
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.
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 systems • A structure to develop effective partner responses and behaviors • Development of communication-focused environmental arrangements
Target Audience: School based teams including an ESE Teacher, Instructional Assistant, SLP, and other team members will be selected with administrative approval