Assistive Technology and IEP Considerations

Assistive Technology and IEP Considerations for Parents

What is Assistive Technology Support from ATS?

Assistive Technology Services works in collaboration with school teams to ensure that all students with disabilities who require assistive technology have the technology tools and training necessary in order to access the curriculum, narrow the achievement gap, gain essential life skills, and reach their full potential.

Who needs Assistive Technology Support from ATS?

  • Students who have been unsuccessful in utilizing school-based AT tools.
  • Students who require training on the AT tools recommended by ATS that they are currently accessing.
  • Students who require ongoing updates and maintenance to the AT tools that they are currently accessing (i.e. access supports, switch placement, software/hardware updates, etc.).

Critical Discussion points on Assistive Technology for the IEP Team

Assistive technology is an annual IEP team decision. 

Many of the technology tools that are provided as part of the typical resources for classroom instruction may also be utilized as an assistive technology device if the student has a disability. Assistive Technology Framework, Virginia Department of Education (2008)

Discussion points and documentation of current school-based technology use:

  • What school-based tools have been successful?
  • What school-based tools have been tried and unsuccessful?
  • If school-based tools have been tried and unsuccessful, is further support required to implement and continue using AT at the school level or does the student require tools that are not available at the school level?

Discussion points and documentation of current ATS technology use

  • If the student is receiving support from ATS, what tools have been provided?
  • Have the tools been successful?

The School-Based Accommodations Checklist and AT Support Consideration Form may help guide the Assistive Technology discussion (the school-based team has access to these documents).

It is not appropriate to include specific assistive technology within the wording of the actual goal or objective.

Documentation of current Assistive Technology (AT) use on the PLOP Page (example statements)

If the student currently accesses school-based technology: "<Name of Student> currently accesses school-based technology for the following area(s) of need: <name area(s) of need from goal pages*>.”

If the student currently receives assistive technology support from ATS: "<Name of Student> currently receives assistive technology support from ATS for the following area(s) of need: <name area(s) of need from goal pages*>.”

Recommending an AT Assessment

Proposal of an AT Assessment should be done by consensus and documented clearly within the PLOP page of the IEP.  Document the discussion and rationale for proposing the AT Assessment within the main section of the PLOP text field. “<Name of student> continues to experience difficulties in XX goal areas despite current interventions and accommodations including: (list here).”

The IEP team should follow the current FCPS IEP process for requesting an ATS evaluation.

*There should be corresponding goals or a documented deficit for the area of need that the IEP team is addressing.