Wilson County Schools
"For people without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes things possible."
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- The Assistive Technology Team includes child-centered professionals (O.T., P.T., S.L.P., Vision Specialist, Hearing Specialist, Special Education Teacher, etc.) with broad backgrounds in technology, communication, life function, special education and school curriculum. Through experience and research, the Assistive Technology (A.T.) team provides best practices in assessment, team development, curriculum development and adaptations, in-class technical support for student learning, participation, problem-solving and curriculum access through the use of technology. The A.T. team provides assessment, direct and collaborative services to Wilson County Schools according to needs determined by the student's team.
This website was designed and based on research in the development of the site, as well as the referral and assessment process. Please see references below:
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Contributions to Communication Issues With a Parent’s Perspective. American Journal of
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Children Who Need Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Clinical
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Use AAC in General Education Classrooms: A Team Perspective. Language, Speech, and
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Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (2017). Retrieved from http://www.wati.org/
Types of Assistive Technology
LOW TECH: Tools and items with simple or no electronic parts such as adapted utensils, Velcro fasteners, pencil grips, magnifying glasses, and simple switches
MID TECH: Simple electronic/battery operated items that require little training - tape recorder, static display communication device, calculator
HIGH TECH: Things with motors or multiple electronic parts, such as electronic systems to control the environment, customized powered wheelchairs, dynamic display communication devices and computer access systems. High tech A.T. usually requires an A.T. evaluation and training.
Different disabilities require different assistive technologies. A.T. includes tools and services to help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc.