Presentation on theme: "ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND SERVICES"— Presentation transcript:
1 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND SERVICES Division of Special EducationTracy Cartas, Director of Special Education
2 Participants will learn about: Session ObjectivesParticipants will learn about:Legal issues related to ATAT materials/devicesAT policies and procedures
3 IDEIA Federal Regulations Sec & DefinitionsSec Assistive TechnologySec (a)(2)(v) - Special Factors
4 IDEIA Section 300.5 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.
5 Assistive Technology Services EvaluationPurchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of the devicesSelecting, 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 child’s 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.
6 IDEIA Federal Regulations Section Assistive Technologya…AT devices or AT services, or both…are made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child’sspecial educationrelated servicessupplementary 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.
7 IDEIA Federal Regulations Sec (a)(2)(v) Special FactorsDevelopment of IEP…The IEP team also shall…(v) Consider whether the child requires assistive technology devices and services.
8 Categories for Assistive Technology MobilityComputer-Based InstructionPhysical Education, Recreation, Leisure and PlayAids for Daily LivingReading, Written Expression, MathSeating and PositioningComputer ApplicationEnvironmental ControlAugmentative CommunicationAssistive ListeningVisual Aids
10 Assistive Technology District Policies and Procedures Assistive Technology District Policies and Procedures Assistive Technology Program consist of AT Coordinator, Team Leaders, AT Assistant and Team MembersAssistive 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
11 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 TeamReport GeneratedARD to review AT report and recommendations, conducted by Diagnostician/SLP reported to PEIMSAT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommendedTraining and assistance with implementation conducted by Team LeadersMonitoring throughout school year
12 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 PEIMSAT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommendedTraining and assistance with implementation conducted by Team LeadersMonitoring throughout school yearAT must receive ARD’s 1st page, AT page, accommodation, signature page, ARD minutes and PEIMS form for documentation
13 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 ATrecommendationsReport Generated and ed to campus diagnostician and AT information provided on Goalview by AT Team (accommodations and services)Reported to PEIMSAT Team will research, fund, and provide materials and equipment recommendedTraining and assistance with implementation conducted by Team LeadersMonitoring throughout school year
15 Texas 4-Step Consideration Model 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 1STEP 2STEP 3STEP 4
17 Results of Consideration AT is requiredAT is not requiredMore information is needed to make a decision
18 AT Evaluation is Needed When Need more in depth work with the student (low incident)IEP team does not have appropriate knowledge and skillsNeed to try out technology to determine the nature and extent of AT devices and services needed
19 UDL is a new paradigm for teaching, learning and assessment. multiple approaches for a diversity of learnersMultiple means of representation gives learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge,Multiple means of expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they knowMultiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivationNo single curriculum or software program can provide all of the flexibility needed to create a UDL environment.The child shouldn’t fit into our curriculum, the curriculum needs to fit the child