School Based Services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 mandates that Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams consider assistive technology (AT) at least annually at the IEP meeting.

Listed below are the assistive technology related services available for schools. Please select carefully to ensure the most appropriate AT service is requested.

  1. Assistive Technology Inquiry
    To ask an AT related question, email Dan Dyer, IATP Training Coordinator.
  2. Apply to have a School Based Consultation completed.
    Use the Student Consultation Application to request an AT Consultation for a specific student. After the consultation, you will receive a written report detailing AT ideas specific to the student.
  3. Formal Training on Assistive Technology
    Use the Formal Training on AT Request Form to request formal training for your small or large group of teachers and professionals. Formal training helps build and support AT team growth in your district.
  4. Borrow a piece of equipment for trial with a student
    Find out more
  5. Request a free computer for your rural resource room or student
    Find out more
  6. Sign up to attend the next Tools for Life conference
    Find out more

Consider Assistive Technology

  • Consideration is meant to be accomplished within the context of the IEP meeting.
  • AT consideration is meant to be short, accomplished in approximately 20 minutes or less
  • At least one member of the IEP team should be knowledgeable about AT

If the IEP team cannot reach consensus or if the team decides that they lack the expertise to have a thoughtful discussion about AT, an AT consultation should be triggered. The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) can provide AT consultations at no charge to schools and families.

IATP Consultation

An Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) credentialed through RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) or other assistive technology certificate/certification program, will perform the AT assessment. RESNA ATPs have an educational background in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, special education, or rehabilitation; ongoing work experience (.25 to .50 FTE) of direct AT consumer-related services; have passed a rigorous exam on all areas of AT; and have annual continuing education on AT.

IATP Consultation Procedure

  • Fill out an online AT consultation application
  • An ATP will be assigned to the consultation
  • The ATP will follow the Fundamental Assessment Process utilizing a team approach
  • The ATP looks at the student, environment, and tasks through observation, review of records, and input from Individualized Education Program (IEP) team members
  • Through a feature-matching process, potential AT devices and software are identified and tried with the student
  • The continuum of devices and software are considered to ensure cost effectiveness and identification of the most appropriate device
  • A written report will be provided, within two or three weeks of the school visit, for the IEP team to use as one tool in making AT decisions

It is important to note, that this report does not serve, through information sharing or implication, as the consideration process for assistive technology. It is simply part of the data offered to the IEP team as they complete their AT consideration process. We are not part of the IEP team.

Assistive Technology Resources

  • AT Resource Guide: PDF Students with significant disabilities pose unique challenges to accessing the curriculum, but there are many low to high tech tools to help bridge this gap. This manual discusses AT solutions to those challenges students face.

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