Presentation on theme: "ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND SERVICES Division of Special Education Tracy Cartas, Director of Special Education."— Presentation transcript:
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND SERVICES Division of Special Education Tracy Cartas, Director of Special Education
Session Objectives Participants will learn about: Legal issues related to AT AT materials/devices AT policies and procedures
IDEIA Federal Regulations Sec & Definitions Sec Assistive Technology Sec (a)(2)(v) - Special Factors
IDEIA Section Assistive Technology Device …any item, piece of equipment or product system…that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Section Assistive Technology Service... any service that directly assists a child with a disability with the selection, acquisition or use of an AT device.
Assistive Technology Services Evaluation Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of the devices Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing or replacing of Assistive technology devices. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with Assistive technology devices. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability, or if appropriate, that childs family. Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise involved in the major life functions of individuals with disabilities.
IDEIA Federal Regulations Section Assistive Technology a…AT devices or AT services, or both…are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the childs special education related services supplementary aids and services Section Assistive Technology (b) On a case-by-case basis, the use of school purchased AT devices in a child's home or in other settings is required if the child's IEP team determines that the child needs access to those devices in order to receive FAPE.
IDEIA Federal Regulations Sec (a)(2)(v) Special Factors Development of IEP… The IEP team also shall… (v) Consider whether the child requires assistive technology devices and services.
Categories for Assistive Technology Mobility Computer-Based Instruction Physical Education, Recreation, Leisure and Play Aids for Daily Living Reading, Written Expression, Math Seating and Positioning Computer Application Environmental Control Augmentative Communication Assistive Listening Visual Aids
Continuum from No/Low Tech to High Tech
Assistive Technology Program consist of AT Coordinator, Team Leaders, AT Assistant and Team Members Assistive Technology must be addressed and considered at every ARD (Goalview) Diagnostician and/or SLP must be present at ARD to recommend an AT Eval., AT recommendations through accommodations, or review AT report Assistive Technology District Policies and Procedures
Assistive Technology Policies and Procedures (METHOD 1) FULL EVALUATION (Low Incident Population) Referral recommended timeline, days or recommended timeline by ARD, referral form must be completed ASAP and sent to Special Ed. Office by , fax, or pony. (attention: Alma Rodriguez) Review student folder, observation, and evaluation conducted by AT Team Report Generated ARD to review AT report and recommendations, conducted by Diagnostician/SLP reported to PEIMS AT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommended Training and assistance with implementation conducted by Team Leaders Monitoring throughout school year
Assistive Technology Policies and Procedures (METHOD 2) ONLY FOR HIGH INCIDENTS (LD/SI) ARD committee and diagnostician with AT knowledge can make recommendations using accommodation form for AT and record in PEIMS AT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommended Training and assistance with implementation conducted by Team Leaders Monitoring throughout school year AT must receive ARDs 1 st page, AT page, accommodation, signature page, ARD minutes and PEIMS form for documentation
Assistive Technology Policy and Procedures (METHOD 3) HIGH INCIDENT... ARD and/or teacher will complete AT Referral FORM provided on AT website. Forms ed to Alma Rodriguez AT Team will review student folder and information received from ARD committee and teacher to make AT recommendations Report Generated and ed to campus diagnostician and AT information provided on Goalview by AT Team (accommodations and services) Reported to PEIMS AT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommended Training and assistance with implementation conducted by Team Leaders Monitoring throughout school year
How do we determine if AT is needed?
Review evaluation data and present levels of performance. Establish goals and objectives. Determine if there are difficult or impossible tasks. Decide if AT devices and services are required and document. STEP 4 STEP 3 STEP 2 STEP 1 Texas 4-Step Consideration Model
Functional Skills Reading Written Expression Math Problem-solving Communication Recreation Daily organization Seating/Positioning Hearing Seeing Self-Care Mobility Behavior Specific task-related skills
Results of Consideration AT is required AT is not required More information is needed to make a decision
AT Evaluation is Needed When Need more in depth work with the student (low incident) IEP team does not have appropriate knowledge and skills Need to try out technology to determine the nature and extent of AT devices and services needed
UDL is a new paradigm for teaching, learning and assessment. multiple approaches for a diversity of learners Multiple means of representation gives learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge, Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation No single curriculum or software program can provide all of the flexibility needed to create a UDL environment. The child shouldnt fit into our curriculum, the curriculum needs to fit the child