Assistive Technology

It's All About Access

Quoted text on blue background: For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier.  For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

Assistive Technology (AT) is defined in state and federal law as, “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.” This covers a broad range of devices, software, apps, and strategies that may be very simple or quite “high-tech” in nature. AT may also refer to a service “that directly assists … in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.”

AT assists students in doing the things they need to do – read, write, listen, communicate, and many other tasks that they might otherwise be unable to do or to do effectively. IEP teams are required to consider AT in IEP development, review, and revision.

Assistive Technology
  • Apr03

    POWER AAC Modules

    Have you seen the 11 Power AAC Modules? All are available here.
    POWER AAC is a series of modules, written and presented by Gail Van Tatenhove, MS,CCC-SLP, designed to build the capacity of those who serve students with complex communication needs,who require the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The modules focus on providing, modeling, and teaching the use of powerful, flexible, core vocabulary, and are appropriate for self-directed or professional learning community use.

  • Aug28

    Resources for Learning More about AT: Center on Technology and Disability

    As you plan for professional learning on your own or in your school, be sure to explore the AT webinars and courses offered by the Center on Technology and Disability. CTD is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Look for archived webinars at the CTD Cafe, and on-demand courses at the CTD Learning Center. We will feature some of these resources here across the school year.


  • Susan Gill
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Project MAX
  • Scott Dougherty
    Assistive Technology, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Students with Complex Support Needs
  • Rick Creech
    Assistive Technology, Secondary Transition, Short Term Loan, Inclusive Practices, Students with Complex Support Needs, Low Incidence
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