A variety of assistive technology resources are listed here. While the list is certainly not exhaustive, we have provided a range of resources to get you started. Each link listed here will take you to other links in that area.
Advocacy and Funding
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. National AT Project
The National Assistive Technology Project by the Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. has a variety of resources on legal issues and funding related to assistive technology.
Assessment of AT Needs
Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology has many excellent resources on its website, including a full set of assessment forms. Choose Forms from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, then choose any of the assessment protocols.
Koester Performance Research
The goal of Koester Performance Research (KPR) is to enhance computer accessibility, particularly for people who are not well-served by the typical keyboard and mouse. They offer several free tools to take the guesswork out of identifying the best way for an individual to access the computer.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative website provides free copies of the updated WATI AT Assessment forms (2017) that can be downloaded as well as a wealth of information on assistive technology and assistive technology assessments including a pdf copy of Assessing Students’ Need for Assistive Technology.
Florida Department of Education’s AT Competencies
Florida Assistive Technology Assessment Competencies and Resources is a framework for promoting best practices in assessing the AT needs of students. The nine competencies systematically walk through the steps from developing a district plan and procedure for
assessment, through considering AT, to collaborating as a team for implementation.
Minnesota Department of Education Assistive Technology Program
This URL will lead you to the Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual in a pdf format. It includes many useful tools including directions for AT consideration, guidelines for writing AT in the IEP and numerous forms and checklists.
Oregon Technology Access Program
Download the sample operating guidelines that are designed to be used as templates by education agencies wishing to develop assistive technology programs that provide consistent, effective and legal assistive technology services. Section one includes guidance for teams that can be included in district handbooks or procedure manuals. Section two includes sample forms that may be used to implement the model.
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services
The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology ( QIAT ) services website is a wealth of information. Two of the most important items are the Quality Indicators themselves and the QIAT Self Evaluations Matrix. These two tools provide an excellent picture of what assistive technology services should be regardless of size, location, or wealth of a school district. The self evaluation matrix is a valuable tool for getting a sense of what a specific district may need to focus on to improve their services.
AT Tool Databases
Abledata contains information on thousands of AT products. It is Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. It is a good place to find information on both current and discontinued products.
The Tech Matrix website has a variety of information and tools related to AT. It includes a searchable database.
This website operated by Caroline Musselwhite is a great place to get tips on AAC. You can find general information as well as specific suggestions that can apply to specific students.
What is Beginning AAC?
This website and blog managed by Jane Farrall contains a wealth of information about AAC and AAC apps. This link goes directly to an important description of factors to consider when beginning to use AAC with a student, including choice of symbols, amount of vocabulary, and how to facilitate the development of AAC skills.
Basic Information about AT
AT Internet Modules by OCALI
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) has created a comprehensive set of 50 modules about assistive technology that include information on both AT tools and AT services.
Closing the Gap
The Closing the Gap website offers excellent forums on a variety of topics related to assistive technology. It is also has a searchable data base, but there is an annual fee to access it. Information about subscribing to the Closing the Gap newsletter is on the website.
Assistive Technology on Pinterest
There are several pages on Pinterest devoted to AT. This one is a great place to begin exploring.
Assistive Technology on You Tube
There are quite a few very informative and useful videos about AT on You Tube. Two that can be especially useful for introducing educators and families to AT have been created by the Hyde Park Day School in Chicago. The first is about AT for students who struggle with reading and the second is about AT for students who struggle with writing.
Consideration of AT Needs
Center for Parent Education and Resources
This checklist is designed to help IEP teams consider the needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology. The site has numerous resources for parents.
Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology has many excellent resources on its website, including an Assistive Technology Resource Guide that provides a continuum of solutions from standard tools to assistive technology. It also includes potential modifications and accommodations for a variety of tasks. Choose Forms from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, then choose AT Resource Guide. It will automatically be downloaded to your computer.
Documenting AT in the IEP
Writing AT in the IEP
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) has created many useful resources about Assistive Technology. Chapter 6 of their resource guide contains examples of how AT may be written in the IEP.
Electronic Books and Beginning Reading
This website created by the AT Team at Baltimore City Public Schools has symbols and communication boards to be used to access and adapt children’s books. Titles are arranged alphabetically and there is also a search engine.
A library of books for people with qualifying print disabilities. Bookshare includes over 600,000 accessible books that can be downloaded in many formats to access the text. The Bookshare services are free for U.S. students.
Learning ally is a subscriron service to promote personal achievement when access and reading are barriers to learning by advancing the use of accessible and effective educational solutions
Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which copyright has expired.
This site offers free interactive stories with a variety of activities for the emergent reader. It is phonics based and requires the child to be able to click and drag.
This site has a collection of free, easy-to-read, accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (e.g. switches, touch screen, etc.). They can be downloaded as slide shows in Powerpoint, Impress, or Flash formats.
The TumbleBook Library is a curated electronic database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to elementary schools and public libraries around the world.
Learning Disabilities and AT
There are many things on this website. Search the site for Technology.
Procedures and Operating Guidelines for AT
Oregon Assistive Technology Model Operating Guidelines https://douglasesd.k12.or.us/sites/douglasesd.k12.or.us/files/File/at-resources/at-model-operating-guidelines.pdf
This document is designed to be used as a template by education agencies wishing to develop assistive technology programs that provide consistent, effective and legal assistive technology services. Section one includes guidance for teams that can be included in district operations or policies manuals. Section two includes sample forms which may be used to implement the model.
Georgia Project for Assistive Technology Policies and Procedures http://www.gpat.org/Georgia-Project-for-Assistive-Technology/Pages/Policies-and-Procedures.aspx
Georgia Project for Assistive Technology (GPAT) has developed guidelines for local school system assistive technology teams. The purpose of this manual is to assist teachers, related service providers, and administrators in providing assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The manual contains operating guidelines that address all components of the assistive technology service delivery process. It also contains procedures that IEP teams will use when providing assistive technology services. Resources that will be beneficial to IEP teams in developing and implementing assistive technology intervention programs are also included.
North Dakota Guidelines for the Provision of Assistive Technology
to Students with Disabilities under IDEA Part B https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/60/ATGuidelines.pdf
Guidelines for the Provision of Assistive Technology in Educational
Settings is intended to serve as a resource for IEP and Section 504
teams looking to overcome barriers to learning for all students with
disabilities while developing greater functional independence through
individually determined solutions.
Special Education Laws about AT
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
This site includes the text of the law as well as a variety of links to other resources.
Wrightslaw is a good source for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Training Resources About AT
Quick Guides from HIAT (High Incidence Accessible Technology)
The HIAT section of Montgomery Public School’s website offers Quick Guides and other resources to learn to operate a variety of apps, software and hardware.
Texas Assistive Technology Network
The Texas Assistive Technology Network has produced a series of training modules that can be used to build knowledge and skills in AT service delivery. Each module includes PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes. Topics include: AT Consideration, AT Law, Administration, Implementation, Reading, Writing, and Transition.
Transition and AT
Education Tech Points
The Education Tech Points website includes a free manual to download. Hey! Can I Try That? is designed to be used with teens and preteens to help them think about tasks that are difficult and how AT could help them. Its purpose is to promote self determination.
QIAT Post Secondary (QIAT PS) http://qiat-ps.org
QIAT-PS is a set of quality indicators in five content areas for Assistive Technology (AT) in Post-Secondary education. The Campus Self-Evaluation Matrix tool is a way to measure AT service delivery and excellent method for institutional self-study to improve AT services at your school. Check out the Campus Self-Evaluation Matrix.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
The transition packets contain a series of forms to guide the assembly of information necessary to support an AT user as he or she transitions to adult services. It includes assessment tools and planning sheets.