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Guidelines for Assistive Technology Assessment

Consideration of assistive technology (AT) is required during the development of every individualized education program (IEP).  The IEP team must evaluate the needs of each student and establish criteria to determine whether specific assistive technology devices/services are necessary to meet the needs of the student. This section includes information for professionals and families on topics related to: (a) AT assessment, (b) planning for AT, and (c) IEP considerations for AT.

Links

WATI
An overview of the assistive technology consideration, assessment and planning process is provided in The Assessing Students’ Need for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) Manual.
http://www.wati.org/?pageLoad=content/supports/free/index.php

Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT)
Information related to the development and sharing of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services is provided.  The QIAT consists of specific indicators which are descriptive statements, descriptions of common errors that may occur and self-evaluation matrices.
http://www.natri.uky.edu/assoc_projects/qiat/resources.html

Assistive Technology Assessment: More than a Device
This article focuses on the need for the appropriate assistive technology assessment.  An inappropriate assistive technology assessment can invalidate the assessment in other areas of possible concern.
http://www.ldonline.org/article/Assistive_Technology_Assessment:_More_Than_the_Device

Georgia Project for Assistive Technology (GPAT)
The GPAT outlines the assistive technology considerations for students with disabilities and provides resource guides and a checklist for AT considerations.
http://www.gpat.org/resources.aspx?PageReq=GPATConsider

Family Guide to Assistive Technology
This website contains information to help parents through the assistive technology assessment process.  Information on the definition of assistive technology, funding and case scenarios are presented as a guide to inform parents.
http://www.pluk.org/AT1.html

My Child without Limits
A resource that provides information on assistive technology and the IEP, funding, home and vehicle modifications.
http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.org/?page=assitive-technology


Documents

Assistive Technology Resource Guide
This manual is a resource and reference guide in the assistive technology (AT) decision-making process for students with disabilities.  General information is included on the legal implications and the school district’s responsibility to consider the assistive technology needs of all students receiving special education services.
Download Guide