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Assistive Technology

For school-age students, AT devices, are those that provide access to the general education curriculum and/or means to meet IEP goals. AT devices and services may be needed for alternative augmentative communications, computer access, written communication, environmental control, or for sensory (auditory or visual) access. AT may encompass both hi-tech and low-tech solutions and allow many students with disabilities to function effectively in the general education curriculum and to meet their educational goals.

It is important to note that assistive devices are one of the special factors that should be considered in the developmental, review, or revision of the IEP for every student. While not every student with an IEP needs AT, the need should be considered by all the teams in the IEP process. The Local Education Agency is responsible for providing devices and services as specified on the IEP.

  • Assistive technology includes, but is not limited to:
    Academic and learning aids (support for reading, spelling, writing, math, and organizational and study skills)
  • Visual aids for visually impaired and blind (talking dictionary, Braille Writer, CCTV)
  • Augmentative communication (AAC-object or symbol-based displays, which access, low-mid-high tech communication devices
  • computer access and instruction (keyboard adapters, touch screen access, voice input)
  • Pre-vocational and vocational aids (recreation/leisure, environmental control)

For more information visit the Assistive Technology Google site.


Richael Fertig
Supervisor of Special Education
724-287-4156 x1008

Gretchen Burr
Educational Consultant

Carol Long
Educational Consultant
724-752-1591 x3051

Steven Sheirer
Educational Consultant