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Technology Center

Inclusive Insights & Access Tips
Issue 6 | Mar 2024 

Key Guidance on Assistive Technology Myths and Facts

In January, the Office of Special Education Programs and the
Office of Education Technology issued important guidance on
Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services through a
Dear Colleague Letter and a document addressing “Myths
and Facts Surrounding AT Devices and Services.”
resources aim to benefit a diverse audience, including
parents, early service providers, special educators, general
educators, related service providers, school and district
administrators, technology specialists and directors, as well
as employees at state lead agencies and educational agencies. The purpose of these documents is to enhance comprehension of AT requirements, dispel prevalent myths associated with AT, and furnish examples illustrating the use of AT devices and services.
To provide further insight, SETC created explanatory videos including: Myth and Fact #5 regarding how children acquire proficiency using AT devices, and Myth and Fact #8 concerning state testing. (For further reference on state testing, watch 2024 Updates on Accommodations and Language Supports and this Quick Demo of ALS, Text-to-Speech, and Word Prediction on WA State Testing.) Washington State, recognized for its leadership in AT, is actively supporting educators and students by challenging the myths featured in this recent guidance. Discover notable highlights of the ongoing initiatives and resources available in Washington State below.

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Looking for technical assistance and support? The Special Education Technology Center (SETC) provides Technical Assistance focused on AT and AAC devices and services, as well as processes to build the capacity of IEP teams to consider, assess, and implement AT. Also, WA State School for the Blind (WSSB) Outreach Access Services provides TA specific to AT required for low vision or blind learners to access and express learning.

Statewide AT Lending Libraries

Washington State has two libraries specifically to support technology trials with students and educator professional development. The University of WA hosts the WA Assistive Technology Act Program’s Device Lending Library, and Central WA University hosts the Special Education Technology AT Lending Library. In addition, the Ogden Resource Center supports and advocates for the educational needs of students who are blind or low vision.


The Burlington-Edison School District champions inclusivity by providing accessible technology to ALL students. This commitment to accessibility not only supports those with specific requirements, but also enhances the educational experience for everyone. In this 2-minute video clip, Katie Dorr, from the Educational Technology and Innovation & Teaching and Learning department, explains how they make curriculum material accessible.
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