| Kim Hall and Nancy Forstbauer
CO-SER 552 – Assistive Technology
Federal and State regulations now mandate that children with disabilities have access to technology services that assist them in education, communication, mobility, independence and control over their environment. This service includes consultation to classroom teachers, as well as direct services to students. Upon conducting a comprehensive assessment of a student’s technology needs, a trained specialist assists in the acquisition of assistive devices, specialized hardware/peripherals and software necessary for appropriate computer access. Assistive Technology support and training will then be provided as needed.
Examples of current devices designed to provide assistance to students include, but are not limited to:
- Large pressure-sensitive keyboards for students with fine motor disabilities.
- Specialized software and graphics tablets to assist a preschool or special needs student with cause-and-effect instruction (a prerequisite to successful computer-assisted instruction, and/or life skill training).
- A variety of single and multiple switch entry devices to accommodate the unique needs of individual students.
- Assistive Technology provides a variety of services including, but not limited to:
o Equipment, software and peripheral demonstrations with students and teachers.
o Training of staff on appropriate use of technology (emphasis will be on utilizing what the district already has).
o Work with CSE to locate funding for adaptive equipment and technology.
o Student technology screening.
Collaboration with other support personnel (OT/PT, Speech/ Language) to maximize services and treatment.