What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any device, piece of equipment, or system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. It also includes the services related to selecting and using the Assistive Technology. Technology levels the playing field, allowing students to access curriculum, demonstrate their knowledge and skills, be independent and even break down stereotypes.
What services does the Assistive Technology team provide?
The Issaquah School District Assistive Technology (AT) team provides services to students, parents, and staff, to ensure that every student has access to their classroom and curriculum. These services include:
- Support for school staff through the Assistive Technology (AT) consideration process related to a students Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Consultation with school staff around specific Assistive Technology (AT) supports to increase access and universal design for learning
- Trial periods with a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) hardware devices
- Professional development opportunities for staff and parents around Assistive Technology (AT) hardware and software
- Support for classroom staff with on-site training for using specialized low tech or high tech Assistive Technology (AT) resources
- Options for Augmentative & Alternative Communication (ACC) for students with limited speech and written output
Who would benefit from Assistive Technology?
All students receiving special education services must have assistive technology considered annually at the IEP review. Students receiving accommodations through a 504 plan may have assistive technology considered and included as a resource to support access. General Education students might also benefit from tools to support different learning styles and multiple means of representation. Some examples of scenarios include:
- A student that struggles to read printed text and demonstrates improved comprehension with auditory alternatives.
- A student that has difficulty with handwriting that is able to produce written material at a higher quality or speed when they are given access to a word processor, word prediction or speech recognition software.
- A student that has difficulty expressing their wants and needs and is able to communicate better when given access to visual language supports or voice output device.
VISION & HEARING SITES:
Hearing Assistive Technology -- Audiology
Vision Supports --- Vision
Maddy McAllen, M.A., CCC-SLP
ISD Assistive Technology Specialist - Special Services
Amanda Thrash, MS, OTR/L
ISD Assistive Technology Specialist - Student Interventions (504) and Special Services
Dhashnaa Chinnasamy, BS (CSE)
Technology Specialist (Special Services )