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​Welcome to Assistive Technology

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.

 

Meet the Local Assistive Technology Specialist (LATS) Team 

AT SpecialistSchools Served

Janine Chimera, MS., CCC-SLP

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chimera.janine@brevardschools.org

BPS

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

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frana.nancy@brevardschools.org

BPS

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


 


 



 

patterson.michelle@brevardschools.org 

BPS

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

Private, Charter, or Child Care

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

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kelly.janice@brevardschools.org

BPS

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

Private, Charter, or Child Care

Central Catholic HS, Educational Horizon, Holy Name, Imagine Schools, Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC), West Melbourne Christian

Kristine Lucente, MS., CCC-SLP

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lucente.kristine@brevardschools.org


 

BPS

Bayside HS, Columbia, Discovery, Heritage HS, Jupiter, Lockmar, Palm Bay, Port Malabar, Riviera, Southwest MS, Sunrise, Turner, Westside

Private, Charter, or Child Care

Brevard Christian, Calvary Chapel, Covenant Christian, Odyssey Charter, Palm Bay Academy, Royal Palm, St. Joseph, Trinity Lutheran

 

Assistive Technology Process

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. 

 

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper

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:

  • Consider AT
  • Assist students in the selection, acquisition and use of AT
  • Understand timelines regarding some AT services
  • Identify resources to support the use of AT to ensure the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)
  • Understand transition of AT
  • Understand the role of the LATS team in supporting school based teams in building capacity to make assistive technology decisions

 

 

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) - August 21, 2013

 

Professional Development Opportunities

Boardmaker Training
Beginner 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 Training
Introductory 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 Training
Some 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 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