AT Resource Guide
This resource guide on the assistive technology (AT) decision-making process was created to assist Ohio school districts in understanding their obligation to provide needed AT devices and services to students with disabilities. General information on the school district’s responsibility to consider the AT needs of all students who are receiving special education services and on the legal implications for districts is provided.
As outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), the local school district must provide for the specific needs of students with disabilities through a team process, including assessment for AT needs and implementation of AT services. Local educators and related service providers must make sound judgments on AT solutions that will be a part of the student’s individualized educational program (IEP). It is OCALI’s hope that this resource guide will support schools in making sound judgments in these areas.
This guide was developed in collaboration with the Ohio Assistive Technology Network with funding from the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children.
AT Resource Guide Sections
Introduction to AT
An overview of AT devices and services commonly provided within the school setting for curriculum access and other school-related activities.
Federal Legislation and AT
A review of legislation and laws that pertain to AT including IDEA and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Information on funding options for AT including school districts, private agencies, public assistance programs, and not-for-profit organization.
AT Consideration in the IEP
Information and forms to assist school IEP teams in considering a student's AT needs in an effective and meaningful way during the annual IEP process.
The AT Assessment Process in the School Environment
A review of the AT assessment process. The SETT framework, as well as other AT assessment tools and supports are also discussed.
Writing AT Into the IEP
Discover how to document AT devices and services into the IEP to show how it supports the student's achievement of goals and progress in the general education curriculum.
AT Assessment Guides
A collection of blank AT assessment forms that can be used or adapted for use to conduct AT assessments in various areas of need.