2022 HELIX In-Person Experience: High Expectations for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities

26. Making Connections with Feature Matching

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Session Dates

Tuesday November 15, 2022 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel


Despite the legal mandate to consider assistive technology (AT) for students with disabilities, many teams struggle with making the connection between technology features and what students need. A term often used to describe matching a product's features to an individual’s needs and preferences is "feature matching." This session will cover the AT consideration process, how free frameworks and assessment tools can be used to determine needs and preferences, how feature matching can be used to decide which tool(s) will be most appropriate for activities, and make connections for developing action plans and incorporating this information into evaluations.

Participants will be able to:

  • List frameworks and assessment tools to determine needs and preferences.
  • Describe the importance of feature matching.
  • Identify technology options based on features needed, and use case studies to explore features and search for technology options.


Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, related service providers, consultants, training and consulting staff, paraprofessionals, family members Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Annette Bauerlein, at 810-878-7211, or abauerlein@pattankop.net.

Event Info

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Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Tammy Thompson-Cooke, Tammy Bertel

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Kristin Starosta