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Assistive Technology Resources More Readily Available Than Ever!
Requests for Assistive Technology (AT) services from CESA 6 were outpacing supply and in response CESA 6 has expanded it’s AT services. Leading the CESA 6 Assistive Technology effort is Karen Stindt, occupational therapist, and assistive technology coordinator.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology has two parts: devices and services
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 services are any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such term includes:
the evaluation of needs including a functional evaluation, in the child’s customary environment;
purchasing, leasing or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices;
selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices;
coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
training or technical assistance for a child with disabilities, or where appropriate that child’s family; and
training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education and rehabilitation services), employers or others(s) who provide services to employ, or are otherwise, substantially involved in the major life functions of of that child.
AT helps meet the needs of students with disabilities, age birth-21. AT devices include computer hardware, software and peripherals for computer access, augmentative communication systems, environmental controls, visual aids, and equipment for positioning, mobility and self-care.
Through the CESA 6 Assistive Technology service, school districts can find solutions that:
Support the IEP process to identify technology options that may assist students with disabilities to maximize their learning;
Help staff, parents, and students locate needed assistive equipment that is available to purchase, to buy, or to use on a trial basis;
Support schools through participation in the Assistive Technology Support Consortium;
Provide professional development and resources related to Assistive Technology.
AT tools and strategies may be used to augment the services presently being provided to students identified with needs in the areas of OT/PT, autism, vision, DHH, O&M, OHI, LD and EBD. It may also be implemented as part of a district’s RtI system.
For a complete list of AT services now available, or to find out more about the Assistive Technology Consortium please contact
Karen Stindt at: