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Best Practices in Assistive Technology

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued new guidance, expressing expectations and best practices for how to promote more inclusive learning experiences for all children and youth with disabilities. Myths and Facts Surrounding Assistive Technology Devices and Services

Assistive Technology (AT) Consideration & Assessment
Does your district have clear procedures for AT Consideration & AT Assessment?
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AT Consideration

AT Assessment

Occurs within the
IEP meeting.

Completed over a span of days, weeks, or months and occurs outside of the IEP meeting.

Completed with existing data from levels of perfomance.

Involves gathering new data over multiple interactions with the student and team members & it includes trials of assistive technology.

AT Consideration Process
Key question: Does the student require AT to make progress on annual goals and/or to have equitable access to the general education curriculum?

AT Assessment Process
1. Gather Data
2. Determine what AT to trial
3. Trial AT & gather data
4. Decide if AT is required

AT Consideration in the IEP
The need for Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services is one of the special considerations that IEP teams MUST address in developing or reviewing the IEP.

Definition of AT Assessment:
“The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment” that helps with the selection & acquisition of AT. ~IDEA

Special Education Technology Center (SETC)
Supporting Educators & Parents with Technology Tools to Make Learning Accessible

Web Resources for Best Practices in Assistive Technology for Education

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SETC QIAT Book Study Series