Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Team has been providing evaluations and consultations to our member districts for more than a decade.  Our services have encompassed both assistive technology as it relates to access to the curriculum and augmentative/alternative communication. Below is a quick primer on each:

Assistive or Adaptive Technology commonly refers to “…products, devices or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that are used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities…” according to the definition proposed in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998.  For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people who are blind may use software that reads text on the screen in a computer-generated voice, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, people who are deaf may use a TTY (text telephone), or people with speech impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard.

Evaluations

The specialists at CREST provide a comprehensive evaluation that includes the following: record review, consulting with team members, direct observation, interaction with student, and a written report.  It may also include equipment trial, customization of device for trial and vendor contact.

Consultation and Support

The specialists at CREST are available as a resource for the school teams to support assistive technology interventions.

Training

The specialists at CREST offer training to educate and instruct select team members  (staff, student, and/or parents) in using a recommended tool.

For more information on Assistive Technology, please visit this link: https://sites.google.com/a/crestcollaborative.org/assistive-technology/

or contact Katy Grubert at kgrubert@crestcollaborative.org, 978-685-3000, x1504