The goal for Assistive Technology (AT) is to come up with the best possible technology to match with students’ needs in the classroom. Joy Zabala, a leading expert on the use of assistive technology (AT) to improve education for people with disabilities, has created a framework to identify the most appropriate device, tools, and services for students. If your team is considering technology needs for a student, the SETT framework (Student Environment Tasks and Tools) should be utilized to get the best match of technology to the student. The process involves having a discussion with the people involved in order to understand the student, the environment, and the task before a decision is made on a technology tool.
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team member is welcome to contact an AT consultant to consider a service or tools needed to best support individual student’s technology needs. Please contact the AT team members at Ingham ISD for training, equipment loan library and consultation.
Students who are struggling with reading can rely on various technology supports to ensure access and comprehension of the curriculum. Access to books through digital modes, text-to-speech programs, graphic organizers, OCR (optical character recognition) programs, annotation tools, display options and digital dictionaries are some of the tools that can be used by students.