26. Making Connections with Feature Matching

Speakers: Tammy Thompson-Cooke and Tammy Bertel

Session Description:
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.

Credits: Act 48, ACVREP, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers, Speech-language Pathologists, General Education Teachers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Paraprofessionals, Other Related Service Providers, Families

Speaker Bios:
Tammy Thompson-Cooke is an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). Tammy works on the Assistive Technology, Speech-Language, and Autism initiatives and the Deaf-Blind Project as she provides technical assistance as set forth by the Bureau of Special Education.

Tammy Bertel is an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network in the PaTTAN East office. Tammy works with the initiatives of Assistive Technology, Deaf-Blind, Paraprofessionals, and Significant Cognitive Disabilities as she provides technical assistance as set forth by the Bureau of Special Education.