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posted Dec 20, 2018, 9:32 AM by Google Apps   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 9:35 AM ]
There’s been an AT buzz around our Inter-local for a while. What is AT? How do I determine if a student needs Assistive Technology? These are questions that many of our staff wonder when considering the individual needs of students. Let’s dive into AT. 

Assistive Technology is, “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device “ (Georgia Department of Education). 

Every public agency must make available assistive technology devices and or services to a child with a disability if deemed necessary as part of the child’s individual education plan. Almost any tool can be considered assistive technology. 

The term Assistive Technology device is very broad. This allows IEP teams to make determinations that are appropriate for an individual child. An assistive technology device could be a computer program that has been determined to meet the needs of a child in mathematics or spelling if the team determines that it is necessary for educational support.  Another assistive technology device could be a simple pencil grip if the student’s team determines that it will fulfill the assistance the student needs to allow for academic success. 

Here is a list of some types of assistive technology: 

Academic and Learning Aids– calculators, spellcheckers, computer-based software

Assistive Listening Devices and Environmental Aids– electronic and non-electronic aids such as amplification devices, closed captioning systems and environmental alert systems

Augmentative Communication– electronic and non-electronic and software that provide a means for expressive and receptive communication for those with limited speech and language

Environmental Control– electronic and non-electronic aids such as switches and adapted appliances that are used by disabled students to increase independence across the curriculum

Mobility Aids– wheelchairs, walkers and scooters to increase mobility

Pre-vocational and Vocational Aids– picture based task analysis sheets, adapted knobs, times and watches to assist students in completing pre-vocational tasks

Seating and Positioning– adaptive seating to provide quality access to curriculum

Visual Aids – magnifiers, talking calculators, Braille writers, screen reading software

 If you need assistance with assistive technology, please review the newsletter for monthly updates and/or fill out an AT referral and send to Deb Sparks( for assistance with assistive technology.