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Monday, April 3

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    Welcome to the Newton Public Schools Assistive Technology Resource Website!
    Updated:Update: 4/3/17
    I will be presenting to the NewtonPAC group on Wednesday April 5th at 7:30 in room 210 at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street
    Update:
    12/1/16
    Consultation

    Consultation
    vs. Assessment:
    The goal of any assistive technology consultation or assessment is to determine what is educationally needed for a student to make effective progress as part of FAPE. Assistive technology must be considered in conjunction with the student's IEP and, when recommended, must support IEP goals and objectives.
    To determine which device and/or strategy will be the best fit for the student to help them be successful, I follow a process called the SETT Framework. I carefully look at the Student, their Environment and the Tasks they are asked to do in their educational setting to choose the appropriate Tool for them.
    Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. AT is a continuum of devices and strategies that should be considered and/or implemented according to which is least restrictive. Examples of AT include: pencil grips, colored overlays, slant board and audiobooks. Many people hear the word technology and automatically think iPad or computer, but AT is any item that helps a student access the curriculum.
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    public calendar.
    An assessment is a longer, more involved process and should be reserved for students with significant needs who require more time to trial software, devices, etc. There is no standardized testing for AT and I use a variety of resources to guide the assessment, depending on the areas of concern and the student's ability. I follow the 30/45-day timeline for an assessment and a report is made available two days before the team meeting.
    The term “assessment” should be used rather than “evaluation” based on the following definition from the Federal Register: Evaluation: A group of activities conducted to determine a student's eligibility for special education. Assessment: A group of activities conducted to determine a student's specific needs.
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