Assistive Technology Program

IU5 Assistive Technology Consultants (ATC) provide on-site technical assistance at the request of district teams working with students who may need assistive technology.  Our ATC's offer evidenced-based suggestions, training, and guided practice to building level teams.  They provide services and supports to enhance the independence and integration of students who use assistive technology.  Assistive Technology services include:

  • Offering awareness, referral, and product information.
  • Assisting and guiding teams with identifying appropriate methods, materials, technology, IEP/ER documentation, and assistive technology accommodations.
  • Supporting teams with the implementation process by providing consultation, guided practice, and technical support.
  • Facilitating trainings on assistive technology services, equipment, and implementation strategies. 

IU5 uses a variety of products.  There are endless possibilities when addressing assistive technology needs.
For more information on the Assistive Technology Program call (814) 734-8476 or email us at assistivetech@iu5.org

Assessing and supporting a student’s needs for Assistive Technology is a partnership among team members.  It requires shared responsibility in the decision making, and commitment by all team members across environments.
 
Team members actively participate in the process by:
  • Completing assistive technology training sessions and competencies with proficiency
  • Collecting data and contributing valuable information regarding the student’s abilities and needs
  • Linking and embedding assistive technology within the student’s curriculum
  • Designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating during the trial period
  • Supporting and encouraging the student’s use of Assistive Technology to meet the desired outcomes
  • Contacting the assigned consultant regarding team needs, concerns, and questions
 
  • Augmentative Communication Devices, Alternative Computer Access, Assistive Writing, Environmental Control Units
  • Access Technologies for the Visually and Hearing Impaired and Devices for Auditory Processing Difficulties.