As defined by The Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1994 (PL 103-218) “An assistive technology device is …any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the abilities of people with disabilities.” “An assistive technology service is … any service that directly assists a person with a disability in selecting, obtaining, or using an assistive technology device.” By law, AT must be considered for every student with an IEP.
Link to federal laws: http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm
At Cove School our Assistive Technology Program provides both AT services and devices. Each of our Elementary and Junior High classrooms has 4 iMac computers in addition to the iMacs in our Computer Lab. Cove is proud to provide a 1:1 laptop program (MacBooks) for our high school students. Every computer has a full complement of software, including Inspiration
and Dragon Dictate
. These tools enable our students to access the material being taught and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in the most accurate and productive manner. Every student at Cove is individually screened to determine what tools and strategies best suit his or her skills and needs. Students are provided with instructions, both 1:1 and in small groups, until they are proficient using the recommended tools. They are also encouraged to advocate for themselves – to assure that they have access to the AT that they require to succeed, whether in an academic or vocational setting. Knowledge and use of assistive technology will enable our students to become active, engaged learners.