Assistive technology is any tool that can be purchased, modified, or created that helps a student to access their education. Assistive technology is available in any setting and academic area of study, including reading, math, studying, organization, executive functioning, writing, notetaking, communication, computer access, access to materials, and aids for daily living. AT tools range from a simple, low-tech device (such as a pencil grip), to a complex, high-tech device (such as a dynamic display communication system).
If it is determined that a student might need assistive technology, parents are notified and the AT consultation process begins.
D47 uses the SETT Model (Student, Environment, Tasks, Tools) to guide the assistive technology process. SETT looks at a students' strengths and weakness, the environment they are in, and the tasks that they are required to complete. After gathering all of that information, required assistive technology features are determined and an appropriate tool is selected and trialed.
Parents who feel their student would benefit from assistive technology can fill out the following form to start the consultation process.
This year D47 will offer parent training on some commonly used AT homework tools (dates to come). Below are some helpful videos and tips sheets. If you have questions or would like additional training or support, contact Elizabeth Wlodzimierski.
Learning Ally link - Link Coming Soon!
Bookshare link - Link Coming Soon!
Note: Dates and times TBD.
-Don Johnston Tools (Co:writer Universal, Snap & Read Universal and Read Out Loud)
-Learning Ally and Bookshare
If your child's team has recommended that your child uses Assistive Technology, it will be documented in your child's IEP or 504 plan. If you have any questions regarding your child's assistive technology needs, contact your child's case manager.