Feature Matching Technology to Student Needs and Abilities Webinar Series

Feature Match Closer Look: Features of AT Writing Tools


Session Dates

Thursday September 10, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Webinar


Sorting through all the options available to support struggling writers can be a challenging portion of the assistive technology assessment process. Throughout this webinar, we will be describing and demonstrating the feature options in writing technologies through input, processing, output, and other key features that pertain to people with physical disabilities, health impairments, and/or cognitive disabilities. During this session, we will overview the areas of mouse alternatives, onscreen keyboards, alternate keyboards, and the variety of word prediction systems. Participants will receive a feature match matrix that they can use during their alternative writing evaluation process. The benefits of learning this feature match approach are that this process extends beyond the writing area and into all areas of assistive technology.

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • List the input, processing, and output features of alternative writing products
  • Compare and contrast alternative writing products in the categories of alternate keyboards, mouse alternatives, onscreen keyboards, and word prediction
  • Create an assessment plan including trials for individual cases

Target Audience

General and Special Education teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Related Services Professionals (e.g., SLP, OT, PT, TVI, etc.), Families, Administrators

Topics Covered: Assistive Technology

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: Kim Clemens at 610-878-7210 or kclemens@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


Kelly Fonner

Event Contact:


Tammy Thompson-Cooke