Guide to Assistive Technology - Center on Technology and

Preparing to load PDF file. please wait...

0 of 0
100%
Guide to Assistive Technology - Center on Technology and

Transcript Of Guide to Assistive Technology - Center on Technology and

Guide to Assistive Technology
Supporting the Work of the PTI/CPRC Network

Guide to Assistive Technology
This guide was created by PACER Center’s Simon Technology Center as a partner of the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). CTD is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; increase access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards. PACER Center began with one project, Parents Helping Parents, in 1978. Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. In 2006, PACER founded the National Bullying Prevention Center, and, in 2014, the National Parent Center on Transition and Employment. Celebrating 30 years, PACER’s National Simon Technology Center (STC) works to make the benefits of assistive technology available to families, professionals, and consumers. From its extensive technology lending library to its federally funded model demonstration projects, the STC is always on the cutting edge of assistive technology.
The Center on Technology and Disability is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under award No. H327F130003 – 13A. ©2017, PACER Center, Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of the book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without express written permission of PACER Center, except for brief quotations or personal use.
PACER Center | 8161 Normandale Boulevard | Minneapolis, MN 55437 (952) 838-9000 | (800) 537-2237 | [email protected] | PACER.org

How to Use This Guide
Assistive technology (AT), is an important bridge for children with disabilities. AT allows them to show what they know and helps them reach their fullest potential. The early introduction of assistive technology is very important. This guide was created by PACER Center with resources from the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) and PACER Center to be used as a tool for Parent Center staff to increase their knowledge and understanding of assistive technology and to support their work with families and professionals as they learn about, consider, and implement assistive technology.
The table of contents outlines the sections that include a basic introduction to assistive technology, resources on legislation and advocacy, AT for birth - grade 12, AT for transition, information on finding and funding AT, and two AT glossaries.
Each section begins with a cover page that includes a brief description of the topic. Next is a list of the resources that are included in the companion resource consisting of a binder of printed resources. This list provides an estimate of the time required to engage with the content, a short description, and a link to go directly to find the resource on the CTD website. Following is a list of additional resources available online (which were not printed for the binder of printed resources), including videos, more in-depth articles, and websites. Links are provided to these resources as well. Some sections include a Spanish language resource list, with descriptions and links to handouts and suggested videos that are available in Spanish.
NOTE: If you click on a resource and it does not work properly, check to see if you need to update any computer programs to view the resource, or try using a different browser.

Guide to Assistive Technology
Table of Contents
1. What is Assistive Technology? Print Resources Additional Resources Spanish Language Resources
2. Legislation and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Print Resources Additional Resources
3. Assistive Technology for Ages Birth to Grade 12 Print Resources AT Basics: Understanding AT Including AT in the IFSP Including AT in the IEP Choosing AT Additional Resources Spanish Language Resources
4. Assistive Technology for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults Print Resources Including AT Choosing AT Additional Resources Spanish Language Resources
5. Finding and Funding Assistive Technology Print Resources Additional Resources
6. Glossaries AT Glossary Quick Look-up Glossary for AT and Special Education Spanish Language Glossary of AT for Transition
7. Other Resources Organizations with Helpful Resources on Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?
This section includes resources that provide a basic introduction to and an overview of assistive technology (AT). For those unfamiliar with AT, this is a great place to start. For acronyms and term definitions, see the glossaries at the end of this guide.

Print Resources
Assistive Technology 101 — 6 pages, 12 minutes • This resource, created by the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD), includes a definition of AT, examples of how AT can help individuals with disabilities, and tips on choosing and learning more about AT. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-10-06/assistive-technology-101
AT Fact Sheet: Assistive Technology Solutions — 11 pages, 25 minutes • This fact sheet, created by FCTD, covers the definition of assistive technology, questions to consider when choosing AT, and examples of low-tech to high-tech tools with pictures. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-13/fact-sheet-assistive-technology-solutions
Guide to Assistive Technology — What is Assistive Technology?

Additional Resources
Assistive Technology 101 – Course requires log-in to CTD account (e-learning module) — 4 hours • This online course, featuring a variety of AT experts, consists of 4 self-paced learning videos with accompanying resources. • Lesson topics include:  Overview of Assistive Technology  Assistive Technology and the IEP  Selecting Technology Tools to Support Students with Special Needs  Access to Learning Powered by Technology • Note: it is necessary to register for a free account on the CTD Institute website in order to take this 4-lesson course. • ctdinstitute.org/elearning/course/621/assistive-technology-101-course
Teaching and Parenting in the Digital Age (Video) — 73 minutes • This video, created by the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, addresses challenges and opportunities in the digital age, and emphasizes the emerging role of media mentors to help guide children “growing up digital.” • ctdinstitute.org/library/2016-12-22/teaching-and-parenting-digital-age
Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said (Video) — 3 minutes • This short video explains the simple definition of assistive technology as any device that allows someone to do something they could not do otherwise. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-31/understanding-assistive-technology-simply-said
Guide to Assistive Technology — What is Assistive Technology?

Spanish Language Resources
Assistive Technology Solutions — 11 pages, 25 minutes • This resource, created by FCTD, covers the definition of AT, questions to consider when choosing AT, and examples of low-tech to high-tech tools with pictures. • Los padres podrán identificar mejor las herramientas o dispositivos que mas pueden ayudar a sus hijos si aprenden acerca de las opciones disponibles de TA. Este recurso provee ejemplos visuales de una gama de productos para ayudar a los padres que están comenzando en la búsqueda de tecnología de asistencia. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-21/informativos-sobre-la-ta-soluciones-de-technologia-deasistencia
Isabel Needs Assistive Technology (Video) — 12 minutes • In this video, created by FCTD, we meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a small girl with learning disabilities and fine motor skill limitations. The video presents the basics of assistive technology (AT) and leads the audience through an IEP (Individualized Education Program) meeting that discusses assistive technology. • Este video es una colaboración entre FCTD y Dicapta. En este video conoceremos a Marta, la madre de Isabel, una pequeña con limitaciones de aprendizaje y de motricidad fina. El video presenta las bases de la tecnología de asistencia (AT) y lleva a la audiencia a través de una reunión de IEP (Individualized Education Program- Programa Educativo indivualizado) en la que se está discutiendo sobre tecnología de asistencia. El video cuenta con capciones (subtitulado oculto) tanto en español como en inglés y también tiene descripción para hacerlo accesible a todas las audiencias. Lo invitamos a ver y compartir este video con sus colegas y las familias con quienes trabaja. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-13/isabel-necesita-la-tecnolog%C3%ADa-de-asistencia-video
Guide to Assistive Technology — What is Assistive Technology?

Legislation and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
There are laws that support individuals with disabilities as well as their access to necessary assistive technology. Understanding these rights can help families, professionals, consumers, and others advocate for appropriate and beneficial services, accommodations, and modifications. Included in this section is information to help understand an individual’s rights and how to advocate effectively. Legislation and implementation guidance can vary by state. Near the end of this section is space to include information and resources specific to your state.

Print Resources
504 Flow Chart Handout — 2 pages, 2 minutes • This resource, created by PACER Center, briefly explains the Section 504 definition, accommodations, and plan. The flow chart shows the differences between Section 504 and IDEA eligibility, evaluation, and provision. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-07-25/504-flow-chart-handout
Conversations About Including Assistive Technology (AT) — 3.5 pages, 7 minutes • This handout, created by PACER’s Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) Project, contains information to help both parents and professionals advocate for AT during the IFSP or IEP process. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-01-19/tikes-conversations-about-including-assistive-technology-tipsparents-and
Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Schools — 3 pages, 3 minutes • Students with disabilities have rights to receive appropriate auxiliary aids and services. This resource, created by PACER Center, explains the student’s rights and practical examples of how to ask for them. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-07-25/effective-communication-students-hearing-vision-or-speechdisabilities-public
Three Important Federal Laws: Protecting the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools — 2 pages, 2 minutes • Three federal laws are briefly explained in this resource, created by PACER Center: 1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 2) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and 3) Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II of the ADA). • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-07-25/three-important-federal-laws-protecting-rights-studentsdisabilities-public
Understanding the Law & Assistive Technology — 4 pages, 10 minutes • This handout, created by FCTD, reviews laws that impact a child’s access to AT. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-13/fact-sheet-assistive-technology-laws
Why Your Child Needs You to Become an Advocate — 2 pages, 2 minutes • This resource, created by PACER Center, highlights how parents have both the legal right as well as the responsibility to advocate for their child with a disability. • ctdinstitute.org/library/2017-07-25/why-your-child-needs-you-become-advocate
Guide to Assistive Technology — Legislation and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
Assistive TechnologyResourcesResourceDisabilitiesPacer Center