Assistive Technology

    • What is Assistive Technology?
      Assistive technology services are defined as "Services that directly assist a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device." - IDEA 2004.  An assistive technology device is "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 children with disabilities."

      Assistive Technology Assessment
      Decision making for AT can take various forms, including the relatively brief consideration of AT need that should occur routinely in IEP development

      The terms ‘assessment’ and ‘evaluation’ are often used interchangeably in special education and in AT, in particular. In general, assessments are used to determine current levels of performance and are conducted in an ongoing manner. Assessments involve data collection in specific circumstances; the data is used to make instructional decisions. In contrast, the terms ‘evaluation’, or ‘reevaluation’, are used to determine eligibility for special education services.

      Decision-making processes used by IEP teams to determine the need for AT utilize assessment and data collection to guide the selection and implementation of AT devices and services. There are multiple frameworks and processes that may be used effectively by teams to structure the process of making AT decisions. There are various ways to do it well. Local education agencies and intermediate units may identify a particular process for this purpose. Effective, procedurally-sound AT decision making has these elements in common:

      • Multidisciplinary:AT decision making may take place at various times--in IEP development, review, and/or revision.
      • Data-based: AT decisions should be informed by data.
      • Informed: When making AT decisions, IEP teams may utilize the AT skills and knowledge of team members or elect to add members with expertise in a particular area of AT, who can provide advice or assistance for the team to consider. Teams may also decide to request technical assistance or consultation to support the team on a short-term basis.
      • Timely: AT decisions must be made in a timely manner.  
       
       
      These services consist of:
      • Equipment Loan Requests
      • Consultation
      • SETT Meeting Facilitation
      • Assistive Technology Awareness Workshops/Professional Development

School Aged Assistive Technology

    • Equipment Loan Request 

      • This includes equipment available in our CLIU 21 Lending Library or assistance with completed of PaTTAN Short Term Loan.
      • **This request will result in an e-mail to the requestor who will complete the form indicating the specific device needed.
      • Request for AT Support - Equipment

      CLIU AT Lending Library 

       

      Consultation



      An informal meeting with the person(s) initiating this request.

      • Some examples may include technical assistance with product features, system trials, programming, inquiring about student AT history.
      • **This consultation will result in a summary being e-mailed to all team members including parents and Supervisor/LEAD.
      • Request for AT Support - Consult

       

      Assistive technology trials should be conducted over a consistent 6-8 week period.  Due to the lack of valid trial time,  initial SETT facilitation requests should not be submitted after May 1, 2021.

      SETT Facilitation for Communication


      A meeting with all team members.
      • The SETT Framework is not an evaluation.  It is a tool to gather information to make effective assistive technology decisions.
      • The team has determined that Assistive Technology should be explored and we need assistance identifying AT for IEP/504 planning.
      • **This meeting will result in the SETT Framework, Meeting Summary and Action Plan being e-mailed to all team members including parents and Supervisor.
      • SETT: Request for AT Support - Communication

       

      SETT Facilitation for Educational Access

       

      Such as Writing, Reading, Math:  A meeting with all team members.

      • The SETT Framework is not an evaluation.  It is a tool to gather information to make effective assistive technology decisions.
      • The team has determined that Assistive Technology should be explored and we need assistance identifying AT for IEP/504 planning.
      • **This meeting will result in the SETT Framework, Meeting Summary and Action Plan being e-mailed to all team members including parents and Supervisor.
      • SETT: Request for AT Support - Educational Access

       

      Assistive Technology Inservice/Awareness Professional Development
      •  Please e-mail Special Programs & Services at info@cliu.org with request. 

Early Intervention Assistive Technology

  • Assistive technology (AT) is defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 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 the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.” The Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 offers a wide range of assistive technology available to students in preschool early intervention through the Early Intervention Assistive Technology Lending Library. Early Intervention staff are required to consider use of assistive technology for all students in the program.  Consideration of assistive technology must occur at every Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting in order to individualize supports for the student to independently participate, learn and interact in his/her home, community, special education classroom and/or early childhood environment in ways that might not otherwise be possible.  

    The Early Intervention AT Lending Library offers tools and systems that support children to communicate, socialize, play, and learn.  For a complete list of items available to trial, please visit the CLIU Early Intervention AT Lending Library Picture Glossary:

    Communication Systems
    Switch Toys
    Switches for Access to Communication, Environment and Play
    Adapted Seating and other Access Materials
    Adapted Feeding
    Sensory Tools
    Mounts

    Request an item for student use

    If early intervention staff would like to trial a certain item that is not available on the list, please reach out to the EI Coordinator at 610-769-4111 ext. 1053 to discuss other lending options.

     

    In the event that early intervention staff are undecided whether a student requires assistive technology or not, staff are then required to arrange for a SETT meeting.  The SETT framework is not an evaluation, it is a decision making process developed to consider the Student, the Environment, the Tasks, and the system of Tools needed for the student to reach his/her highest potential in the least restrictive environment.

    Request a SETT meeting

     Once staff have made the SETT meeting request, please provide the following QUESTIONAIRRE to the student’s parent/guardian(s):

    Parent/Guardian Questionarre

     Assistive technology service is defined by IDEA as “any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.”  This includes:

    • The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment;
    • Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
    • Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
    • Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
    • Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child's family; and
    • Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education or rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of that child."

    To request any of the above assistive technology services please contact the EI Coordinator at generalquestions@cliu.org or call 610-769-4111 ext. 1053.  To request an assistive technology observation, please complete the request form.