What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is basically anything that helps a student with a disability. It can be something as simple as a pencil grip to an eye gaze activated computer.
How do I get AT Services?
The AT Department works on a consultative basis. Local IEP Teams are responsible for deciding on and implementing Assistive Technology. The AT team can provide recommendations, trial equipment, staff and student training. We can complete an AT assessment, but this is after a site has exhausted local resources. You can request AT Services by completing a Request for AT Services form, or by sending an email to email@example.com.
What AT Equipment is Available?
We try and maintain a small inventory of trial equipment such as pencil grips, specialized paper, examples of adapted books, switches, portable note takers, recording pens, iPads, Chromebooks and Laptops with various specialized software. We also provide Open Labs where staff, students and families can trial equipment.
In our office at Willow Creek Center you are welcome to use our equipment that does include a computer with Boardmaker, Dragon Naturally Speaking and other software such as Co:Writer, Read and Write Gold, a Chromebook, an iPad and other equipment. You can also use our color printer, laminator and Velcro.
What Training is Available?
The AT Specialist can provide site based training for staff or individuals as well as by appointment at Willow Creek. Different workshops are offered at Willow Creek several times per year. If there is a topic you are interested in learning about please contact the AT Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples of training available include Google Apps - including Google Forms and Hangouts, Microsoft Office, Boardmaker, iPad apps, screencasting, creating websites, text to speech options, speech to text options, creating adapted books, creating accessible instructional materials, creating digital graphic organizers, creating interactive PowerPoint Presentations, digital portfolios, using OneNote, Everdrive, Edmodo, creating interactive digital presentations such Ted Ed and Blendspace.