An Assistive technology means "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." Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
An assistive technology service is defined by IDEA 2004 as "any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device." The term includes:
a) the evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;
b) purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by such child;
c) selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
d) coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
e) training or technical assistance for such child, or, where appropriate, the family of such child; and
f) training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education and rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of such child.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Assistive Technology Practitioner:
The CCPS Assistive Technology Team includes two certified Speech/Language Pathologists with advanced degrees and clinical practice in AAC and AT, and two paraprofessionals with training and skills in AAC and AT. This team supports teachers, other therapists and parents to evaluate and develop technology solutions to support students that require specialized instruction for communication as well as written language, reading, and math access to curriculum. The team provides training for staff, families and students to support the implementation of technology solutions for students.
Meet the AT Team
Molly Riggs, M.S. CCC-SLP/ATP is a certified speech language pathologist and assistive technology practitioner.
Melissa Freeman, M.S. CCC-SLP is a certified speech language pathologist.
Nettie Reese, AT Paraprofessional
Stacey Welsh, AT Paraprofessional
FAQs for AT
Q: How would the IEP team request an assistive technology consultation?
A: The IEP team will gather data and document the need for an assistive technology consultation. A member of the AT team should be invited to the Referral Review meeting in order to hear the screening information and review data. At this time, the team could recommend a consultation, observation, review as determined by the screening information.
Q: What areas could a student be considered for an assistive technology consultation?
A: An assistive technology consultation may include but is not limited to the following areas: communication, computer assisted instruction for reading decoding/comprehension/fluency, math calculation and problem solving, written expression and spelling, vision, hearing, and physical access.
Q: What should the team be implementing/discussing prior to requesting an AT consultation?
A: Prior to requesting an AT consultation, the school team should be collecting data and work samples; as well as observing the student within several environments and tasks. They can also consult with the AT team. The AT team may recommend strategies and/or light and high technology suggestions.
Q: How do you document AT consultation services and equipment on the IEP?
A: Document the assistive technology strategies/devices under Special Considerations on the IEP. If an AT consultative service is recommended, this is documented in Special Considerations.
Q: Who is responsible for implementing and monitoring the use of AT strategies, software and hardware?
A: It is the responsibilities of team for implementation and monitoring AT strategies, software and hardware.
Q: How often does the AT team monitor student progress?
A: The AT team will send out quarterly monitoring forms to the student’s case manager. Please sign and return the sheet with comments, questions, etc…The AT team is also available at any time for consultation.
Q: How can you contact a member of the AT Team?
A: 410-751-3292 or via email