Some things to remember regarding Assistive Technology (AT):
1. AT needs to be considered for every student on an IEP. Not every student will need AT, but it should be considered at Assessment Determination and IEP meetings.
2. Students who are having difficulty accessing the general education curriculum may need Assistive Technology, even if they have not received AT support previously. This includes students with learning disabilities that are having difficulty with reading and writing at grade level.
3. Assistive Technology should be considered by the student's IEP team. Parents, teachers, and the student will all be able to provide information regarding the students needs and strengths, as well as the requirements of the environments the student functions in. The AT Coordinator can support the team as needed.
4. The SETT Process (Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools) is used to consider AT. The AT consideration forms are a framework or a guide for the process. Each student's consideration process will be different and may require more or less information to be gathered. It is up to the team to decide how much information is needed to find the best tools to meet the student’s (S) strengths and needs, in the necessary environments (E) for any given task (T).
5. Help is available for consideration, trials and training on AT. The goal is to find the best fit for technology, and support teachers, parents and students in using the AT effectively. We want to avoid selecting technology to trial just because it may be available, if it isn't the best fit.
AT Consideration Guide (based on SETT Framework)
For assistance with AT concerns:
Shilo Morlang: submit a help desk ticket for repairs or installations, or email with questions about hardware.
Julie Ray: support for AT Consideration process; AT related IEP questions, trials and trainings; or for information about Universal Design for Learning.