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1 By Melanie Broxterman Intervention Specialist Princeton City Schools April 18, 2012 "Technology is a tool that serves a set of educational goals, and if we don't think about what we want the technology for first, we end up with technology-driven solutions that have very little impact in the lives of children and in our educational system.“ - Linda Roberts, Director of Education Technology, U.S. Department of Education

2 Edresources Ohio - AT info As defined in ODE – OEC: "Assistive technology device" means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device. "Assistive technology service" means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Procedures and Guidance for Ohio Educational Agencies serving Children with Disabilities

3 abilities of a child; his/her interests & preferences family's culture & value system environment(s) it will be used in functional tasks for participating in daily routines available materials & technologies barriers to his/her participation ongoing intervention and evaluation SETT Framework by Joy Zabala

4 AT considerations in the IEP

5 AT Planning Guide


7 Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. (ASHA) Unaided communication systems Aided communication systems



10  simple line drawings that represent items  slant board  actual photographs of objects  large print books  Pencil grips  “Low tech” AAC options are great to use in a structured situation Low-cost, typically non electronic devices

11  gives visual cue to expected behavior  used as a choice board for free time or during group activities  help sequence an activity  reinforce academic skills, such as giving matching word to picture  use sentence strip with pictures to create model sentence, decrease adult prompting

12  AAC is a device that offers prerecorded voice output that have changeable displays or overlays (ex, 7 Level Communication Builder, Tech Talk)  audio books  adapted keyboards  Livescribe SmartPen Livescribe SmartPen Moderately priced, easy to operate electronic devices

13 o project that requires more choices than what a voice output switch might offer o limit the word choices to be specific to the activity This is the 7 Level Communication Builder by Enabling Devices. This is an example of a device with a static display where the overlays need to be changed with each activity. Step by Step which is great for sequence tasks, like jokes, recipes, or giving directions. o simplify, decrease notetaking o create a “visual scene” of area to use for choices

14 Relatively expensive devices, computer based - microcomputer components for storage and retrieval of information  laptops/tablet computers  talking calculators or word processors  word prediction software  communications device/software  power wheelchairs

15 create lessons that relate to specific goals/objectives activities for all subject areas as well as service provider areas teaching and reinforcing concepts use as a productive/presentation tool

16 Student “check in” Visual for the weather Individualize pre-writing lessons, can print to save as work sample

17 Lessons created from reading program content, incorporated Boardmaker pictures Sentence completion activity Simple “spelling” activity

18 Text to Speech Sound Amplification AT uses for the iPod Audio Books Voice recorder Testing accommodations, such as test questions read to student Apple’s Accessibility Reinforce/reteach skills Visual schedule or reminders for daily tasks communication

19 Text to Speech Note-Taking Audio Books Voice recorder Testing accommodations Test questions read/played through iPod Adapted keyboard options Magnification options FaceTime = communication for the deaf Apple’s commitment to Accessibility Visual schedule or reminders for daily tasks communication

20 Examples of apps for accessibility/AT Assistive Technology Partnership iTechnology wiki iOS app listings for low vision, hearing impairment, independent living from Easter Seals Evendale Elementary PBS parents – Inclusive Communities

21 Hamilton Country Educational Service Center EdResources Ohio - ODE 5/document?s%5b%5d=assistive&s%5b%5d=technology OCALI – Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) University of Buffalo (NY) Spectronics – Australia/New Zealand AbleNet

22 Melanie Broxterman Evendale Elementary email: twitter: @teachwtechbrox

23 To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA References Word Clouds created by Melanie Broxterman via http://www.wordle.net Slantboard photo - Adapted keyboard - Intellekeys - Step by Step Communicator - CoWriter 6 - Assistive Technology Considerations and Planning form courtesy of HCESC Assistive Technology Consortium via Deb McGraw Line drawing used for classroom materials depicted in slides were created by teachers at Evendale Elementary using The Picture Communication Symbols ©1981–2011 by Mayer-Johnson LLC. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Used with permission. Boardmaker® is a trademark of Mayer- Johnson LLC. DynaVox Mayer-Johnson 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 400 Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Phone: 1 (800) 588-4548Fax: 1 (866) 585-6260 Email: mayer-johnson.usa@dynavoxtech.comWeb site: Photographs provided by Melanie Broxterman and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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