Assistive Technology Team
The Assistive Technology team meets monthly to consider requests for assistive technology regarding students whose needs cannot be met through classroom modifications and accommodations. Special Services personnel can request an assistive technology evaluation in areas including mobility, environmental control, computer access and instruction, augmentative communication, assistive listening, aids to daily living, visual aids, pre-vocational aids, and academic learning aids.
The team determines what information is needed and may recommend an assistive technology evaluation. Once the necessary information has been gathered and an evaluation has been conducted, if needed, appropriate recommendations are made to the IEP team. These may include low technology solutions such as visual supports or specialized pencil grips, or may involve more elaborate solutions such as augmentative communication devices, alternative keyboards and computer software deemed necessary for the student to meet the individual goals and objectives. Once the assistive technology device is issued, the student's IEP is then revised to reflect the need for assistive technology as an accommodation.
Speech Language Pathology Services
The district offers speech and language therapy services for students who qualify as having communication disorders in articulation, language comprehension and expression, stuttering, and voice disorders. Students are referred for an evaluation in these areas by teachers or parents, and are assessed to determine if they have a communication disability and to what extent the disability impacts their education. If they meet the qualification requirements and are in need of speech language therapy, an individual education plan (IEP) is developed and the student receives therapy services at the school. Services are provided by qualified speech language pathologists.
10 Guiding Principles for Special Education
- Revised October, 2013