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:

Communication

Computer Access

Daily Living Aids

Hearing & Listening Aids

Learning

Software

Switches

Vision Aids

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

The Hardware to the Software: Everything you need to know to make an iPad Switch Accessible.  Part 2

May 11, 2021| 11:00 AM EST | 60 minutes | FREE | Beginner

As our world has gone to virtual learning, it has forced us to make technology accessible for all. This session will examine multiple sets of interfaces/hardware options used to make iPads switch accessible, specifically taking a closer look at 4 popular options. Then, participants will be shown the step-by-step process to access and navigate the built-in switch accessibility features in iOS 14.

New to TouchChat? Let us Help! Part 1

May 14, 2021| 4:00 PM EST | 30 minutes |  FREE |  Intermediate

Are you new to TouchChat?  Let us help you get up and running with a 3-part mini-series! This half hour class will explore the history of TouchChat by Saltillo.  Participants will be provided with a brief overview of two vocabulary options: MultiChat 15 and WordPower.  This session will set you up for basic customizing in Part 2 of the series and includes how to copy of a vocabulary file for customizing and adjusting the voice settings to personalize for your individual. You will be introduced to a “Making it Personal” handout to plan out customizations demonstrated in Part 2.  Be sure to join us for all three sessions to maximize your potential with TouchChat!

**It is suggested that you have an iPad/iPod/iPhone with TouchChat loaded on it in front of you during the training (but not required) so that you are able to follow along and get hands-on practice.

 

MCISD Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

May 19, 2021| 9:30 AM EST | 2 hours |  FREE |  Beginner

Whether   you   have   TouchChat   with   WordPower,  LAMP  Words   for   Life,  or   Proloquo2Go,  this   training   will   help you   learn   more   about   augmentative   and   alternative communication   (AAC)   and   provide   ideas   and strategies   to   increase   communication   skills   at   home and   in   the   community.

A Deeper Dive into DIY AT for the New Normal

June 15, 2021| 12:00 PM EST | 60 minutes | FREE | Beginner

Join Rachell and Barb for a more in-depth discussion of resources and ideas presented in "DIY AT for the New Normal" (available on AbleNet University YouTube channel). This SLP and OT duo will share creative and innovative DIY AT ideas for school, private, and telehealth services. They'll also share ideas for using familiar resources such as Jamboard and Google Slides in a variety of ways! Join them for detailed explanations and examples of how to use these resources in your treatment sessions.