Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) recognizes that assistive technology can eliminate barriers and enable students with impairments to be participating and contributing members of society.

We believe that all students with impairments in Monroe County are entitled to equal access to the technology needed to ensure appropriate educational opportunities.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology (AT) device 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. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.

Assistive Technology Guidelines

The Guidelines for the Provision of Quality Assistive Technology Services: A Plan for Region IV serves as the framework for districts, counties, and schools to use as they develop and refine their Assistive Technology Service.  The plan reflects No Child Left Behind and IDEA 2004. In addition, it incorporates the principles of Universal Design for Learning and integrates Quality Indicators for Assist

PDF DocumentAT Consideration Process Guide

External LinkAssistive Technology Staff Forms (sign-in page)

Assistive Technology Procedures

  1. Complete AT Consideration Process Guide  with the IEP team to decide if AT is required. Review the consideration outcomes and decide whether or not assistive technology is required.
  2. If potential assistive technology solutions are not known to the IEP team, the IEP team may contact the assistive technology consultant/committee who can assist the team in addressing assistive technology or refer the student for an assistive technology evaluation. A trial use period may be recommended at the end of the consultation or evaluation. To contact the assistive technology consultant, complete the Consultation Request Form.
  3. If potential assistive technology solutions are known to the IEP team, trial use of the identified assistive technology solution may be documented in the IEP and implemented. To complete a trial of assistive technology, complete the Assistive Technology Trial Request Form.

  4. If you’ve determined that the student accomplishes the required tasks within the relevant instructional or access areas with assistive technology that has been determined educationally necessary and is currently in place, then document required assistive technology devices and services in the IEP.  Complete and/or update the Assistive Technology Plan.

Find self-paced learning tutorials, hands-on activities, how-to videos, and resources to build technology skills including free learning modules and professional development courses.  Learn about a variety of topics that promote best practices. For more information on assistive technology tutorials, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) apps and software, core vocabulary resources/activities, switch access, and visual impairment apps and software, visit Resources and Information.

The Instructional Resource and Technology Center (IRTC) has a lending library of materials available to students attending schools within Monroe County. The IRTC loans both low-tech and high-tech devices in the following categories:


Computer Access

Daily Living Aids

Hearing & Listening Aids




Vision Aids

Assistive Technology equipment can be checked out after completing the AT Consideration Process Guide.

An Implementation Tool Kit for AAC:  Achieving Authentic Communication

April 6, 2021| 1:00 PM EST | 90 minutes |  FREE |  Beginner

This course will review elements of implementation to help participants achieve authentic communication with their clients. Participants will learn about communication, a complex multimodal process, involving the interaction of three elements: functions of communication, the environment, and communication partners. This will include a discussion about how to move beyond requesting and what to do as the communication partner. Additionally, participants will learn about the importance of creating communication opportunities, and how to do so for their clients. Examples will be used throughout the seminar and participants will have hands on experience using several tools to help clients achieve authentic communication. 

Oh the Things You Can Do! A ChatEditor Make & Take Session

April 7, 2021| 3:30 PM EST | 60 minutes |  FREE |  Beginner

This interactive course begins with a review of Saltillo's ChatEditor, the free companion software that is available to use with both the TouchChat Application and the Saltillo devices (e.g., NovaChat, ChatFusion, TouchChat Express). After creating a configuration, participants will observe how to transfer and open a vocabulary file within ChatEditor software. Participants will then engage in a hands-on learning experience, as they discover how to print pages and use the button capture tool to create button sequences. Participants will then paste these button sequences into provided templates to create quick and easy visual supports and materials.
Participants must bring/have a computer with the most updated ChatEditor software.



Customizing Your Chat Device Part 1

April 12, 2021| 4:00 PM EST | 60 minutes |  FREE |  Beginner

This course will provide a brief overview of vocabulary options that are available with Chat Software on Saltillo devices (i.e. NovaChat and ChatFusion). Participants will learn basic programming skills to customize a client's file. Participants will be provided with "hands-on" time to learn and customize vocabulary files and adjust settings to meet the needs of a client. Implementation tips and ideas will also be shared.



Customizing Your Chat Device Part 2

April 13, 2021| 3:00 AM EST | 60 minutes |  FREE |  Beginner

This webinar will provide advanced training on customizing vocabulary available on Saltillo's Chat devices. Participants will learn how to create, import and edit pages and link buttons to pages. Transferring files back and forth to/from ChatEditor and device, and downloading/importing News-2-You and Unique pages from the Saltillo website will also be reviewed.



Ongoing AAC Assessment: A Guide to Intervention Planning

April 14, 2021| 7:00 PM EST | 90 minutes |  $49 |  Intermediate

This webinar explores the benefits of using ongoing AAC assessment as a means for guiding intervention that results in the development of communicative competence. It will define and discuss specific areas and skills that determine communicative competence. Although many tools for ongoing assessment are available, this webinar will explore The AAC Profile: A Continuum of Learning, that assists in evaluating current skill development and suggests treatment goals that impact additional skill acquisition needed for AAC system use and progress toward full potential functioning. This webinar will be focused on children, however, information can also be used in addressing adult AAC use and development of communicative competence.

Target Audience: Special and General Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Parents



Diving into the AAC Language Lab

April 15, 2021| 3:00 PM EST | 90 minutes |  FREE |  Beginner

The AAC Language Lab has a wealth of resources for individuals using AAC and staff who support them.  In this interactive session, you will learn how to use tools to assess and monitor language levels of those using AAC. We’ll dive in to individual lesson plans so you can see how easy it is to develop instruction with these ready-to-go materials and activities for speaking, reading, writing, and more.  Do you need custom supports? Learn how to create smart charts on any online platform with our smart chart generator. Come explore all this plus bonus resources, blogs and our awesome Ambassadors.  This class is designed for educators, classroom staff, speech-language pathologists and anyone interested in using fun, engaging activities to support individuals using AAC.