The assistive technology team (AT Team)

  • Is one of several AEA resource teams that supports staff and students in both the local districts and AEA educational programs.
  • Works with the local IEP team to determine the most appropriate assistive technology…
    • To help the student communicate effectively and efficiently.
    • To help the student demonstrate what he or she knows.
    • To help the student access the curriculum.
  • Uses the SETT Framework to ‘consider’ the assistive technology needs of the student.
    • SETT stands for Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools.
  • Assists the local district or AEA program in acquiring the appropriate assistive technology,
    • But does not purchase technology for the districts or AEA programs.
  • Has a library of AT equipment that the team uses for evaluations and short term (30-45 day) trials.
  • Can be accessed by phone or email.
  • Uses the Request for Resource Team Consultation (339r) as a referral form. It is short and easy to fill out! Use it to request our services.

What is assistive technology?

Assistive Technology can be a device or a service. As a device, it can be almost anything the student needs in order to have access to his FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). Additionally, there are assistive technology support services that may need to be provided to help the student select, acquire or use a device.

The legal definitions and supporting information are below.

Assistive technology devices

An assistive technology device is defined 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

Sec. 602 Definitions at the U.S. Department of Education

IDEA, Title 34 CFR, Sec. 300.5 at the U.S. Government Printing Office

Assistive technology service

An assistive technology service is defined as any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Specifically this service includes:

  • Evaluation of the technology needs of the individual, including a functional evaluation which takes into account all of the environments within which the individual functions.
  • Loaning or leasing, writing prescriptions for third party insurance or Title XIX payment in conjunction with the individual’s physician, or direct purchase of assistive technology devices for individuals with disabilities.
  • Selecting, designing, fitting/customizing, adapting, applying/maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices.
  • Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs.
  • Assistive technology training and technical assistance with assistive technology for an individual with a disability, or, where appropriate, the family of an individual with disabilities.
  • Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or otherwise are substantially involved in the major life functions of individuals with disabilities.

Sec. 602 Definitions at the U.S. Department of Education

IDEA, Title 34 CFR, Sec. 300.6 at the U.S. Government Printing Office