Assistive Technology is considered within a low tech to high tech continuum. SEDOL utilizes a problem solving method named the SETT process. SETT is an acronym for STUDENT-ENVIRONMENT-TASKS-TOOLS. Using the SETT format, information is gathered regarding the Student’s strengths, the Environment in which he/she works, the Tasks that he/she is required to complete (related to the IEP) and the present Tools that are currently being used, if any, to guide the educational team in determining appropriate equipment and or strategies to meet the student’s needs.
Assistive Technology services are available to all students with IEPs (special education students). However, all students can have access to instructional technology, that is the technology that the schools offer all of its students. For example, many schools have computer labs, computers in the classrooms, or that come into the classrooms. Some schools offer technology to all students, such as iPads or Chromebooks. The difference is that assistive technology is student specific to meet specific needs.
At any time during the school year, the student’s teacher, other team members, parent or student may request the assistance of AT services. During an IEP meeting,classroom team meeting, or problem solving meeting, Assistive Technology Consideration will be raised. At this time, the student’s teacher, team member, parent or student may request assistance to use AT to meet a student’s IEP goals).
Assistive Technology services are requested for special education students through the school team. The school team meets to discuss the student’s current IEP goals to determine if AT intervention may provide access to the curriculum. A “Request for Referral for Assistive Technology Evaluation” packet is completed by the school team, signed by an administrator, parent and sent to the AT team along with a copy of the current IEP goals and most recent case study.
SEDOL’s AT Team follows the evaluation process as designated by the Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (SETT process) Student Environment Tasks and Technology.
Upon receipt of the referral packet, An AT Case Manager is assigned to the student case. A representative from the AT team will contact the Educational Team to set a time for the initial AT visit, (student observation and team meeting utilizing the SETT process) to be conducted in the student’s educational environment.
The SETT process involves a student observation followed by a discussion of the Student learning, Environments, education Tasks and Technology options.
The district’s educational team and parents meet to collaborate at an IEP meeting to discuss the AT action plan. Assistive technology selection and integration of equipment are ongoing processes that evolve as the student’s needs and technology change.
To ensure the ongoing use of the assistive device(s) by the student, emphasis is placed upon training the educational team members, the student and the parents.
The Assistive Technology Team is responsible for providing on-going consultation to classroom staff/related service personnel on student designated AT equipment (both high and low tech) within the student’s IEP to be used throughout the day. Also, assistance is provided on collecting data about the when and how the student is using the designated AT equipment.
The department offers training on the use of devices and software with SEDOL staff, families, and member districts.
The department has maintained for nearly 20 years, a resource library and an inventory of AT hardware, software, and communication devices for student trials during the assistive technology trial process.