We all need some form of accessibility for the tasks we perform each day and technology has provided us with some very unique tools. Students with disabilities often need adaptations made for them so that they can be successful in school.
Assistive Technology can help give them the assistance they need by providing no-tech, low-tech, or high-tech strategies or devices so that they can perform tasks that they might otherwise be unable to do.
Riverview Intermediate Unit can provide direct technical assistance and training for assistive technology to school district personnel by providing on-site assistance, training, and guided practice in the areas of:
Pennsylvania has a network of 29 Intermediate Units which serve the school districts in regions across the state. Each Intermediate Unit has at least one member of their TaC (Training and Consultation) Team with knowledge in Assistive Technology, who provides services for the students with disabilities in the districts in that area. Although the cost for equipment is the responsibility of each district for students with I.E.P.s, alternative funding may be available from other resources.
Assessment is an ongoing process; therefore, equipment that is needed for assessment and trial can be borrowed using the PaTTAN (Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network) short-term loan program. This program provides LEAs with devices to assess the assistive technology needs of students with disabilities. The AT kit categories include: augmentative and alternative communication, blindness/visual impairment, computer access, deaf/hard of hearing/deaf-blind, switch access/environmental access, and technology for print/reading/writing support.
For more information about PaTTAN, please visit their website.