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
Serves North Brevard, to 520
To Be Determined
*Until filled- please contact Nancy Frana
Serves Central area from 520 to Eau Gallie
To Be Determined
*Until filled, please contact Janice Kelly
Serves Eau Gallie to Palm Bay Rd
Janice Kelly, OTR/L, ATP
Serves Palm Bay Rd to County Line
Cocoa High School
Emma Jewel Charter
Merritt Island High
Space Coast Jr/Sr High
Central Area ALC
Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High
South Area ALC
Space Coast Early Intervention
West Shore Jr/Sr High
Palm Bay Academy Charter
Palm Bay Elementary
Palm Bay Magnet High
Pineapple Cove Charter
Royal Palm Charter
Merritt Island Christian
No Limits Academy
Our Lady of Lourdes
Rising Star Academy
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
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
• 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