AT Series: A Closer Look at Access

Overview of Access Basics: Terminology, Definitions, and Historical Use of Access to AAC and AT


Session Dates

Thursday September 02, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Webinar


This session in the A Closer Look At Access series is meant to build the foundation before jumping into our Closer Look at Access series. This session's focus will include definitions, explanations, and specific discussion of the types of access currently available for use with augmentative communication devices and for other Assistive Technology devices (e.g., computers, iPad, Smartboard).

It will include the “standard and traditional” history of access techniques as well as assessment issues which need to be considered with each individual student when supporting her/his use of assistive technology.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the term “access” as it relates to a student using assistive technology.
  • Identify and describe three types of scanning.
  • Describe two differences between electronic sensors and mechanical switches.

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 610-878-7250, or

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Karen Kangas

Event Contact:


Kim Clemens

Content Contact:

Tammy Thompson-Cooke

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