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AT Resource Guide

This resource guide on the assistive technology (AT) decision-­making process was created to assist Ohio school districts in understanding their obligation to provide needed AT devices and services to students with disabilities. General information on the school district’s responsibility to consider the AT needs of all students who are receiving special education services and on the legal implications for districts is provided.

As outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), the local school district must provide for the specific needs of students with disabilities through a team process, including assessment for AT needs and implementation of AT services. Local educators and related service providers must make sound judgments on AT solutions that will be a part of the student’s individualized educational program (IEP). It is OCALI’s hope that this resource guide will support schools in making sound judgments in these areas.

This guide was developed in collaboration with the Ohio Assistive Technology Network with funding from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children.

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AT Resource Guide Sections

AT Resource Guide: Introduction to AT

Introduction to AT

An overview of AT devices and services commonly provided within the school setting for curriculum access and other school-related activities.
AT Resource Guide: Federal Legislation and AT

Federal Legislation and AT

A review of legislation and laws that pertain to AT including IDEA and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
AT Resource Guide: AT Funding

AT Funding

Information on funding options for AT including school districts, private agencies, public assistance programs, and not-for-profit organizations.
AT Resource Guide: AT Consideration in the IEP

AT Consideration in the IEP

Information and forms to assist school IEP teams in considering a student's AT needs in an effective and meaningful way during the annual IEP process.
AT Resource Guide: The AT Assessment Process in the School Environment

The AT Assessment Process in the School Environment

A review of the AT assessment process. The SETT framework, as well as other AT assessment tools and supports are also discussed.
AT Resource Guide: Writing AT Into the IEP

Writing AT Into the IEP

Discover how to document AT devices and services into the IEP to show how it supports the student's achievement of goals and progress in the general education curriculum.
AT Resource Guide: AT Assessment Guides

AT Assessment Guides

A collection of blank AT assessment forms that can be used or adapted for use to conduct AT assessments in various areas of need.
AT Resource Guide: Forms and Checklists

Forms and Checklists

A collection of blank forms and checklists that might be used in planning for, considering, assessing, or implementing assistive technologies.