Resources for AT Capacity Building

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AT Teams Professional Toolbox

To remain a vital service and build AT capacity, today’s AT specialists need two tool bags: one that includes AT and IT tools to support students, and another that helps teams increase the effectiveness and efficiency of AT services by building the skills and comfort level of classroom staff. There are many online tools available to make documentation easier, to market and deliver professional development, and to share AT resources, as well as to share AT success stories.  This AT Team Professional Tool Box offer specific examples of tools that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of AT services.


The Changing Roles of Assistive Technology Teams in Public School Settings

Denise C. DeCoste with contributing authors: Linda B. Wilson and William L. McGrath

AT has come a long way in the past 30 years with the development of many more educational technology tools to meet a wide range of student and professional needs. This article, originally published by the International Dyslexia Association in  Perspectives on Language and Literacy in the fall of 2003, describes some of the ways that Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) created the High Incidence Accessible Technology (HIAT) team to specifically ensure that technology is accessible for a broader range of students.   Acquired from :{%22issue_id%22:179980,%22view%22:%22articleBrowser%22,%22article_id%22:%221538181%22}


Conceptualizing Capacity Building 

(Lammert, J. D., Johnson, L., & Fiore, T. A. (2015). Conceptualizing capacity building. Rockville, MD: Westat. )

Capacity building can be defined straightforwardly as a process for strengthening the management and governance of an organization so that it can effectively achieve its objectives and fulfill its mission. We can, however, add depth to the definition by broadening what is meant by capacity.


Worksheet for Thinking About Building Capacity

This worksheet is frequently used by AT Teams as they refine their plans for building independence and ownership of AT programs for their agency.  The first three questions on the worksheet generate team discussion about the approach and topic of their capacity building efforts.  Once the team has identified a capacity building approach the worksheet helps to identify the specifics of their efforts. Click here to download the worksheet.