Assistive Technology


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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.

Decision Making

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.

AT Tools/Resources

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.

Lending Library

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.

Professional Learning




January 21



February 11


February 17-18, 2020

AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Adapted & Online Curriculum -  ONLINE from 1:00 - 2:00 PM


AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Communication Supports - ONLINE from 1:00 - 2:00 PM


Conventional Literacy Instruction for Students with Significant Disabilities and Complex Communication Needs
Clinton County RESA
St. Johns, MI

Feb. 25



AT for your Child with Complex Cognitive Needs: Behavior Supports - ONLINE from 1:00 - 2:00


CreATive Makers Workshops

Monroe, MI

Maker tools and resources can be used to create both assistive technology devices and evidenced based activities. Learn to use Makey Makey and Scratch as tools adapted to meet the needs of students with physical and cognitive disabilities. Increase inclusion for children with special needs into STEM based activities and classes.
Each participant & their corresponding ISD
will receive their own Makey Makey
starter kit, supplies and tools.


March 4-6, 2020


March 5


Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) Conference

Grand Rapids, MI


Beyond the Slideshow- Using Google Slides - ONLINE from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

March 11-13, 2020

Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan

March 19-21, 2020

Michigan Speech Language Hearing Association Conference

Detroit, Michigan

March 26-28, 2020

2020 MiAEYC Annual Early Childhood Conference  (Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children)
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place
Grand Rapids, MI