A variety of assistive technology resources are listed here. While the list is certainly not exhaustive, we have attempted to provide a range of resources. They are arranged in the following categories: AT Assessment, AT Basic information, AT Consideration, AT Forms, AT in the IEP, AT and Learning Disabilities, AT Services, AT in Special Education Laws, AT Tools, AT Training, AT Transition, AT Tutorials, Adapted Levels of Text, Advocacy and Funding, Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Beginning Reading, and Literacy
Florida Assistive Technology Assessment Competencies and Resources
is a framework for promoting best practices in assessing the AT needs
of students. The nine competencies systematically walk through the
steps from developing a district plan and procedure for
assessment, through considering AT, to collaborating as a team for implementation.
Georgia Project for Assistive Technology: http://www.gpat.org
The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology has many excellent resources on its website, including a full set of assessment forms. Choose Forms from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, then choose any of the assessment protocols.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative:
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative website provides free copies of the WATI AT Assessment forms that can be downloaded as well as a wealth of information on assistive technology and assistive technology assessments including a pdf copy of Assessing Students' Need for Assistive Technology (Reed & Lahm, 2004). Forms are available in both English and Spanish.
AT Acronyms and Initials
We've included a list of acronyms and initials that you may hear or read in the field of assistive technology.
Assistive Technology Training Online: http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics.php
This portion of the Assistive Technology Training On Line website has excellent beginning information including an introduction to assistive technology, technology for special populations, and adapting computers.
Closing the Gap: http://www.closingthegap.com
The Closing the Gap website offers excellent forums on a variety of topics related to assistive technology. It is also has a searchable data base, but there is an annual fee to access it. Information about subscribing to the Closing the Gap newsletter is on the website.
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services: http://www.qiat.org
The website of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology ( QIAT ) offers a wealth of information in its resources section as well as access to the QIAT list serv. The list serv is an excellent forum to keep current with new developments in AT and the latest websites and other resources.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Resources
WATI has a free 24 page booklet explaining assistive technology in clear, understandable language. It is designed for general education staff. It can be downloaded and copied. It is called the Resource Guide for Teachers and Administrators about Assistive Technology.
The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology has many excellent resources on its website, including an Assistive Technology Resource Guide that provides a continuum of solutions from standard tools to assistive technology. It also includes potential modifications and accommodations for a variety of tasks. Choose Forms from the navigation menu on the left side of the screen, then choose AT Resource Guide. It will automatically be downloaded to your computer.
Texas Assistive Technology Network
This website which was created by the Texas Assistive Technology Network has excellent training modules including one on Considering AT in the IEP Process that can be downloaded. It includes PowerPoint slides and other useful materials for training others.
Documenting AT in the IEP: Sample district-level guidance about how to write AT into IEPs in a meaningful way
This document from the Minnesota Disability Law Center provides a thought provoking overview of the process of including AT in the IEP process as well as several examples of goals.
There are many things on this website. Search the site for Technology.
Schwab Learning Foundation: http://www.schwablearning.org
This website offers a number of useful materials including an AT Guide that is free.
This URL will lead you to the Minnesota Assistive Technology Manual in a pdf format. It includes many useful tools including directions for AT consideration, guidelines for writing AT in the IEP and numerous forms and checklists.
Oregon Technology Access Program: http://www.otap-oregon.org
The sample operating guidelines are designed to be used as templates by education agencies wishing to develop assistive technology programs that provide consistent, effective and legal assistive technology services. Section one includes guidance for teams that can be included in district handbooks or procedure manuals. Section two includes sample forms that may be used to implement the model.
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services: http://www.qiat.org
The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology ( QIAT ) services website is a wealth of information. Two of the most important items are the Quality Indicators themselves and the QIAT Self Evaluations Matrix. These two tools provide an excellent picture of what assistive technology services should be regardless of size, location, or wealth of a school district. The self evaluation matrix is a valuable tool for getting a sense of what a specific district may need to focus on to improve their services.
This section of the Assistive Technology Training On Line website contains an overview the laws on civil rights, special education, and assistive technology arranged chronologically.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
Wrights Law: http://www.wrightslaw.com
Wrigthslaw is a good source for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
The Education Tech Points website includes a free manual to download. Hey! Can I Try That? is designed to be used with teens and preteens to help them think about tasks that are difficult and how AT could help them. Its purpose is to promote self determination.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative: http://www.wati.org
WATI has a transition packet that can be downloaded. It contains a series of forms to guide the assembly of information necessary to support an AT user as he or she transitions to adult services. It includes assessment tools and planning sheets.
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. has written a series of booklets on legal issues related to assistive technology. A single copy of each of them is available at no cost.
This website includes handouts from the National AT Conferences held by Neighborhood Legal Services from 2000 through 2007.
Abledata contains information on thousands of AT products. It is Sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. It is a good place to find information on both current and discontinued products.
This website offers information about adaptive equipment and alternative ways to access a computer. It is a searchable web site that can reduce the time it takes to locate a potential tool. AbiltyHub.com is created and maintained by Mr. Dan J. Gilman.
The website of the Special Education Technology Center in British Columbia (SET-BC) has many excellent resources related to a broad range of assistive technology products and applications.
The Tech Matrix is an excellent tool for finding technology tools for individuals with special needs. It contains information on dozens of hardware and software tools. You can create your own matrix to compare any features in which you are interested. There are guides provided to help you customize your matrices to address your interests.
The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology has over 100 video clips that show specific assistive technology tools. These were developed in a collaborative effort with Valdosta State University.
This website by Linda Burkhart has a focus on Technology Integration in Education with many excellent examples and suggestions.
The Texas Assistive Technology Network has produced a series of training modules that can be used to build knowledge and skills in AT service delivery. Each module includes PowerPoint presentations with thorough notes. Topics include: AT Consideration, AT Law, Administration, Implementation, Reading, Writing, and Transition.
This section of the Assistive Technology Training On Line website contains tutorials on Reading and Writing tools (Clicker 4, Co:Writer 4000, IntelliKeys, IntelliTalk II Part 1 and 2, Overlay maker, Microsoft Word, and Write:OutLoud), Tools for Visually Impaired (JAWS for Windows, BrailleNote, and ZoomText Xtra), and Tools for Creating Talking Books (Clicker 4, and PowerPoint). There are also links to many other websites that offer tutorials.
The HIAT (High Incidence Accessible Technology) site offers Quick Guides and other resources to learn operate numerous software tools.
This section of the Iowa Area Education Agency 267 website contains tutorials on BoardMaker, Co:Writer 4000, Inspiration, Scan n Read 1.06 (Mac), Scan n Read 7, and Write:OutLoud 3.0
This section of the Assistive Technology Training On Line website contains an overview of augmentative communication (AAC). It is an excellent starting place to begin learning about AAC.
This excellent website was developed by Ruth Ballinger as a project for her Master's Degree in Special Education. It is a great place to get a good overview of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). YAACK stands for AAC connecting Young Kids. It has three main sections, Getting Started, Choosing and System and Teaching Tips.
This is the place to get great tips on AAC. Bookmark it and check back regularly. It has many, many practical ideas including a Tip of the Month. It is operated by Julie Maro and Caroline Musselwhite and is a delight.
Literacy Tool Links ( Jeannette Van Houten)
Websites of literacy activities, lesson plans and materials for teachers
This site offers free over twenty free interactive stories with a variety of activitiess for the emergent reader. It is phonics based and requires the child to be able to click and drag.
This website which was created by the AT Team at Baltimore City Public Schools has symbols and boards to be used to adapt 723 children's books. Titles are arranged alphabetically and there is also a search engine.
Scholastic sponsors this site which has stories about Clifford that include buttons to have lines of text read and the ability to select words to add to the story. Stories are in both English and Spanish.
This site from British Broadcasting Company has several interactive opportunities. Text can be read aloud, but it has a British accent!
Mary Cavanaugh's Children's Stories has a variety of stories. They vary in quality. Many can be read aloud.
The Lil Fingers website has several great stories for young children that focus on recognizing letters and numbers, potty time, parents, making faces, animals at the zoo and more. This is a fun site.
This site has a collection of free, easy-to-read, accessible books on a wide range of topics. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces (e.g. switches, touch screen, etc.). They can be downloaded as slide shows in Powerpoint, Impress, or Flash formats.
This site provides a wide variety of resources including lesson plans, text adapted for a wide range of reading levels on a variety of topics, cartoons, visuals, interactive activities and other materials to use with students who cannot read a grade level or who needs background information.