Assistive Technology is one of the areas of technical assistance provided by Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29. The term assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. (Section 603 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.)
The Assistive Technology consultant is available to assist local school districts in assessing student needs for technology; informing teams of assistive technology options; acquiring, customizing, and implementing technology for students; providing on-site visits for training, implementation, integration, monitoring, and transition of technology; aiding teams with maintenance and repair issues; and coordinating assistive technology services with other agencies.
Assistive technology devices (which may include hi-tech and low-tech solutions) and services provide access for many students with a disability to function effectively in the general education curriculum, attain IEP goals, and meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Such devices and services may be needed for:
- Computer Access
- Written Communication
- Environmental Controls
- Sensory (Auditory or Visual) Access