Assistive Technology

  • Assistive technology (AT) supports students in the tasks they need to do, including (but not limited to) reading, writing, seeing, and communicating. Additionally, AT may take the form of services needed to support a team or individual student in the process of AT selection, acquisition, or implementation.

    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.

    DCIU also has an Assistive Technology Lending Library for district teams to borrow equipment for a trial period.

    DCIU Assistive Technology Flow Chart

     

    Areas Covered

    The main areas of AT covered by the team are: augmentative communication, writing tools, computer access, adapted switches, environmental controls, and access to technology for individuals with visual impairments.

    For assistance regarding hearing supports, such as use of FM systems, please contact our Hearing Department. Questions regarding vision supports, such as enlarging instructional materials, should be directed to the Vision Department.

     

    Technical Assistance

    Technical assistance includes support in the use of existing technology or additional information regarding new or existing assistive technology. SETT facilitation is not part of this process.

     

    Specific Services

    • Facilitation of SETT process for individual students (this is NOT an evaluation)
    • Tram training regarding:
      • Software
      • Apps
      • Communication devices
      • Google extensions
    • Large group trainings 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 feel that a student would benefit from assistive technology and a consultation from DCIU, please contact your district Special Education Director to begin the consultation process.