Assistive Technology Guide
From audio books to classroom sound systems to computer tablets, many families have found that assistive technology (AT) can provide a crucial boost to struggling students' academic performance and self-esteem. Need some guidance when it comes to choosing the best tools for your child with a learning disability? Learn more about AT from the perspective of those currently working with children in the classroom. Here you will find resources, guides, tools, and strategies to provide you with information to help your student.
This guide outlines a systematic approach to identifying technology supports for students with specialized needs. It is the belief of San Diego County Assistive Technology Task Force (SDCATTF) that these needs are best identified by those most familiar with the student at the school site level. In order for site level teams to make good, informed decisions about technology supports for students, a detailed process was developed and designed to be implemented countywide. This guide was designed on a three-tiered model, similar to RTI (Response to Intervention). Within this model, it is expected that 80% of student needs will be met at Tier 1 using tools and strategies that all teachers have available and can readily implement. The remaining 20% of students will require more specialized technology provided through Tier 2 and Tier 3 of this AT Guide.
By providing tools for data-driven decision making and access to research-based interventions, IEP teams will be guided through the assistive technology consideration process. Using the simple SETT Framework, teachers will learn to consider the student, the environment, and the tasks when looking for appropriate tools to support learning. Through training and consultation, Assistive Technology Specialists will support school site teams to provide more effective services to students.
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