Assistive technology is any tool, device or equipment that a student can use that allows them to complete a task more easily, faster, or in a better way and without it , they would not have been able to complete the task.
Assistive technology is used by many students with disabilities.This technology allows them to participate in and benefit from their educational programs.
Students having access to the appropriate assistive technology are more likely to be successful in their academic programs. A wide range of technology solutions are available. Assistive technology can be hardware or software; hi-tech or low-tech and includes all academic areas.
For more information on Assistive Technology:
FDLRS Technology Coordinating Unit (FDLRS/TECH)
The FDLRS Technology Coordinating Unit (FDLRS/TECH) provides FDLRS network technology resources through statewide coordination and delivery of information. Click the link below to access a large collection of AT resources!
Technology Resources for Educators
Exploring New Territories – from FDLRS TECH contains loads of instructional and assistive technology resources.
The AT & UDL Loan Library is a part of the Technology & Learning Connections (TLC) Team of the Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project at the University of South Florida. Statewide technology support services for accessible instructional materials, accommodations, assistive and instructional technologies, Universal Design for Learning, and virtual learning/assessment have been integrated into the PS/RtI Project to provide district and school based problem solving teams with guidance on the implementation of a highly effective, universal, differentiated core curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards. The PS/RtI Project is a part of Florida’s MTSS Projects.
Free Training Opportunities
How to Videos
Access all of Sharon Bittle’s videos demonstrating a variety of assistive and instrucitonal technology tools and universal design for learning tools through her Live Binder .
In addition to general tools, there are those to support reading, writing, math, and organization/behavior!
OR, use the links below to access individual videos
Videos that show a low-tech tool for inclusion and how to use it.
November 2013: Using Visuals as Assistive Technology
February 2014: AT Low Tech Writing Tools
March 2014: Using Color Overlays Created by Sharon Bittle, our FLDRS Galaxy Technology Specialist, this video discusses the issue of Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and Barbara Irlen’s work using low tech colored overlays to help improve students’ perception and processing of written text.
May 2014: Sharon Bittle created another video about low tech tools for Assistive Technology. This video is about the feedback phone. This tool can be used by students to get feedback on their speech articulation exercises or on their reading fluency. The video can be viewed at Feedback Phone.
May 2014: Sharon Bittle has done it again, with another video on how to use Livescribe’s Pulse Smartpen, which, when used with special digital paper, can record what it written for later uploading to a computer, and can synchronize those notes with any audio it has recorded. View the video at Pulse Pen.
May 2014: Point 2 View document camera – this video demonstrates the use of the Point 2 View document camera that is lightweight and fairly inexpensive. It’s great for teachers of the visually impaired or for any students with low vision.
Many people would like to get appropriate professional development in Assistive Technology but rarely find a time that it is available when they are available. Some high quality professional development is now being offered on demand ( at your chosen time) online. It is available at the OCALI, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. You can take these modules for free and submit an out of district or online professional development form to receive in-service points.
The modules currently offered are :
AT Assessment Process in the School Environment
After the individualized education program (IEP) team has completed the process of assistive technology (AT) consideration and determined that AT may be a good option for a student, the team then faces the task of assessing the student’s needs and abilities to find the most effective AT solution. This module introduces the process of AT assessment including the composition of different types of AT teams, guiding documents and frameworks, feature-matching, equipment trials and recommendations, implementation and transition planning.
Approximate time to complete module: 1 1/2 hours
Click here to access modules http://www.atinternetmodules.org/
Author(s): Angela M. Harris, M.S.
AT Consideration in the IEP Process
Based on the mandates of the IDEA 2004, assistive technology devices and services must be considered for all students with disabilities in the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This module will assist educational professionals and IEP team members in considering and determining student need for assistive technology.
Approximate time to complete module: 1 hour
There are plans for additional modules but the current modules can be accessed at: http://www.atinternetmodules.org/
Author(s): Sean J. Smith, Ph. D.
Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)
Technology Learning Connection (TLC)
The TLC Team provides guidelines and resources to support the implementation of:
- The Florida Standards
- 21st Century Skills
- Instructional Technology
- Accessible Instructional Materials
- Universal Design for Learning
Click here – http://www.tlc-mtss.com/