Assistive Technology (AT)
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, assistive technology is defined as, "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.”
Assistive Technology focuses on a variety of tools to support students including:
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
- Low Tech Tools
- Computer Access
- Switches and Switch Enabled Devices
- Resources for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- iPads/iPods and Accessories
AT services at DCIU include training and supporting district teams in the selection, acquisition, and use of assistive technology devices to provide students with disabilities the means to successfully access the general education curriculum and to meet their educational goals. The following specific services are available to educational teams:
- Fee for Service – IU facilitation of the SETT process
Technical Assistance – Professional development on general assistive technology implementation
- Team Training - Training on assistive technology topics
How to Request a Consultation
The signature of a district director is required for all assistive technology consultation requests. If you think a student would benefit from assistive technology and consultation from the DCIU, please contact your district Special Education Director to begin the consultation process.
DCIU Lending Library - Assistive Technology
The DCIU Assistive Technology Lending Library provides LEAs with devices for trial purposes to determine the assistive technology needs of students with disabilities in the school environment only. School teams are encouraged to monitor the use and collect data to determine the efficacy of the assistive technology.
Access our lending library system to peruse our inventory of over 200 items. You will find images of each item, helpful descriptions and easy to sort categories.