Assistive Technology
Special Education Programs and Services  
The term Assistive Technology (AT) refers to an array of devices and services used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a student with a disability. 

Assistive Technology at CGRESD consists of professional staff certified in either occupational therapy or speech-language pathology who are trained in the process of AT consideration in the school setting. In addition, trained assistants are available to assist staff in the creation and organization of AT supports.

CGRESD Assistive Technology services assist local districts with:  

  • Evaluation of a student requiring AT in his/her customary environments                                                        
  • Selection, adaptation, and maintenance of AT devices/accommodations
  • Acquisition of AT devices and materials
  • Coordination of At use across disciplines
  • Training of AT or technical assistance with AT for a student with a disability and/or that student’s family
  • Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or others involved in the major life functions of that student



Who is eligible to receive Assistive Technology services?


Students who have difficulty accessing educational materials or participating in their curriculum may be eligible to receive AT services as a supplementary service within an Individual Education Plan (IEP)



How is the eligibility for Assistive Technology services determined?                   


Consideration of AT services and devices is required under law and is mandatory consideration of every student’s IEP.          


The specific need for AT and AT services is determined by a multidisciplinary team of individuals who are knowledgeable about the student’s needs and abilities, the demands of customary environments, the student’s educational objectives and tasks, and AT. 


Decisions regarding the need for AT are made based on access to the curriculum, the students IEP goals, and whether AT is required to accomplish curricular tasks identified in the student’s goals and objectives.  


Consideration of AT is and ongoing process that occurs throughout the duration of the student’s education, not just at the IEP meeting.
How can I get started with AT?                      
If an educational team determines that a trial with AT in the School environment is warranted a variety of At tools are available for loan from the CGRESD AT loan library.


How can I learn more about what tools may be available for my students to use?             
CGRESD provides informative training and in-services on the latest technological advances and changes in AT equipment, law, and use. Check the web site for upcoming trainings, or contact a consultant for specific request.                                                                          



Do only AT consultants provide AT services?


No. The AT consultants work to ensure that AT is effectively integrated into the student’s educational program by providing training and support to teachers, support staff, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists who provide services on a more regular basis.                                                    


Is an AT consultation required for every students who receives special education services? 
No. Although law requires that every IEP team consider the student’s possible need for AT devices and services in the development of the IEP, and AT consultation is not required for all students receiving special education services. A consult may be needed when the student is struggling to meet IEP goals or objectives and the current educational supports and accommodations are not sufficient to help that student meet his/her goals.    

How do I get an AT evaluation?                                                                        

Rather than providing a one-time evaluation, the student’s team constantly considers the appropriateness of different AT tools. This provides a more comprehensive look at the student’s on-going needs. A one-time evaluation is not required.