Assistive technology (AT) is any device or service that allows a student with a disability greater independence, access to participate in the general education curriculum, greater opportunity to progress toward their educational goals, and opportunities for inclusion with their student peers. Assistive technology devices range from low-tech tools such as pencil grips, highlighters and reading guides to high-tech items like computers, software programs and applications, and communication devices.
Richmond City Public Schools has a team of AT specialists who can work with students in special education to evaluate the necessity of AT in order for the student to access their educational setting and curriculum. This team consists of occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, special educators and other professionals. The AT team facilitates evaluation and determining need for AT, obtaining the AT, set up and training for use of the AT, modification and replacement of the AT as needed.
The IEP team is responsible for consideration and AT decision making; resources are available to them to support this process. Related services staff and AT team specialists can support and assist teams in AT consideration.