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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.

 

Contact the Local Assistive Technology Specialist (LATS) Team 

Nancy Frana, MS., CCC-SLP

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frana.nancy@brevardschools.org

Renee Smith, B.A., ESE Teacher

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 smith.renee@brevardschools.org

Priscilla "Scilla" Kershaw, M.AAC 

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  kershaw.priscilla@brevardschools.org

Janice Kelly, OTR/L, ATP

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kelly.janice@brevardschools.org

Public/Charter schools served-

Astronaut High

Apollo

Atlantis

Audubon

Cambridge

Campus Charter

Cape View

Challenger 7

Cocoa High School

Coquina

Edgewood

Emma Jewel Charter

Endeavour

Enterprise

Fairglen

Fieldston

Imperial

Jackson

Legacy Academy Charter

Lewis Carroll

Madison

Merritt Island High

Mila

Mims

Oak Park

Pinewood

Saturn

Sculptor Charter

Space Coast Jr/Sr High

Stevenson

Titusville High

Andersen

Central Area ALC

Clearlake: BLAST

Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High 

Creel

Golfview

Harbor City

Jefferson

Johnson

Kennedy

Longleaf

Manatee

McNair

Quest

Rockledge High

Roy Allen

Sabal

Sherwood

Suntree

Tropical

Viera Charter

Viera High

Williams

 

Central Middle

Croton

DeLaura Middle

Eau Gallie High

Educational Horizons Charter

Freedom 7

Holland

Imagine Schools Charter

Lockmar​

Meadowlane Intermediate

Meadowlane Primary

Melbourne High

South Area ALC

Ocean Breeze

Pineapple Cove  Charter

Roosevelt

Sabal

Satellite High

Sea Park

South Area ALC

Surfside

West Melbourne

West Shore Jr/Sr High

Bayside

Columbia

Discovery

Gemini

Heritage High

Hoover Middle

Indialantic

Jupiter​​

McAuliffe

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

Port Malabar

Riviera

Royal Palm Charter

Southwest Middle

Stone

Sunrise

Turner

University Park

Westside

Non-Profit Private Schools served, including, but not limited to the following

Alpha Academy

Atlantic Inclusive

Einstein Montessori

Park Avenue

St. Teresa's

Devereux

Divine Mercy

Lighthouse Christian

Merritt Island Christian

Our Saviour

St. Mark's

St. Mary's

 

 

Ascension

Calvary Chapel

Central Catholic

Journeys

No Limits Academy

Our Lady of Lourdes

Rising Star Academy

Sancta Familia

Space Coast Early Intervention

West Melbourne Christian

Covenant Christian

Holy Name of Jesus

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

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

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.


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

 

 

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