Our 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 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. This process is known as the SETT framework. 

An IEP team member is welcome to contact the assistive technology consultants to consider a service or tools needed to best support individual student’s technology needs. Please contact the AT team members at Ingham Intermediate School District for training, equipment loan library, and consultation. 

Checklist for an AT Consideration

 

  • Has the need for AT been suspected by members of the IEP team? Is the student demonstrating sufficient progress in the curriculum with current accommodations and supports?
  • Can the student adequately access the curriculum with the instructional materials currently available to the student?
  • Is at least one member of the IEP team knowledgeable about current assistive technologies that have been shown to be helpful to address needs similar to those of this student?
  • If no AT has been selected, has the reason for this decision been documented somewhere in the IEP, such as the section of demonstrated needs or other considerations?
  • If AT has been selected, has the need for AT been documented in the IEP?

Events & Activities

2019 MACUL Conference Cultivating Curiosity

March 22-22, 2018 Detroit MI

2019 MACUL Conference

#Talking AAC 2018

November 28-30, 2018 East Lansing MI

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

https://www.altshift.education/event/talkingaac-2018

LAMP (Day training)

Ingham ISD
February 1, 2019
$119

These events will be updated to include events from vendors, professionals, and associations in the area of Assistive Technology and AAC. The inclusion of events on this page does not warrant an endorsement of the product, professional or association affiliated with the event.

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Qiat Forms

The QIAT community is a committed group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of quality assistive technology programs. Please visit QIAT for more information regarding their work. Consider joining the QIAT Listserv to ask questions and get answers to questions regarding assistive technology. Below are links to the QIAT Indicators for use in supporting assistive technology services in the schools.

Description of Indicators

Consideration of AT
Assessment for AT Needs
‚ÄčAT in the IEP
AT Implementation
Evaluation of Effectiveness of AT
AT in Transition
Administrative Support for AT
AT Professional Development

Matrices of Indicators for Self-Evaluation

Consideration of AT
Assessment for AT Needs
AT in the IEP
AT Implementation
Evaluation of Effectiveness of AT
AT in Transition
Administrative Support for AT
AT Professional Development

Resources

Reading

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. 

Access to Books/Educational Materials
Bookshare
Project Gutenberg   
Open Library
Capital Area District Library
East Lansing Public Library
Michigan Electronic Library
REMC13 Tumble Books
Tarheel Reader
Librivox
Audible
Kindle
Story Online Screen Actors Guild
RAZ Kids
Learning Ally
EPIC Books
ReadWorks

Writing

Writing Supports
Google Chrome Accessibility
Handwriting Supports

Communication (AAC)

Assessment Resources:
Communication Matrix   
Pragmatic Profile for People who use AAC
Praactical AAC Assessment Forms
‚ÄčAugmentative and Alternative Communication Profile

Contact Us

Philip Booth
Assistive Technology Consultant
517.230.0848

To request AT services, email inghamat@inghamisd.org.