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Fort Pierce, Fl. 34947
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Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. Local Assistive Technology Specialist (LATS)
is a group of professionals, appointed by their school districts, to serve as a front line of support for students with assistive technology needs. LATS also support school personnel, family members and caregivers. The LATS coordinate their district's evaluation and implementation efforts.
Assistive Technology Services
Assistive technology (AT) is addressed in the St. Lucie County EIEP in the section on Consideration of Special Factors. Every student must be considered for AT. The AT Wheel and Assistive Technology Tool Kit should be helpful in IEP team discussions when considering AT. These two resources have been provided for staff at all schools, see the ESE Department Chair for details. If it is determined that you need assistance from AT Team, the Request for AT Team Supports form is completed. An AT Team staff person will contact upon receipt of the form. Information about the student's use of assistive technology should be documented in the present levels and goals/objectives must be written to address the student's use of, and/or development of, operational competency for their AT.
The assessment process used to determine a student's need for assistive technology is an ongoing, team-based process. Assessment begins with the determi-nation of what the student needs to do and is unable to do in their educational set-ting. Observation of the student and specific skill and work samples are obtained. Using this information the AT Team staff will facilitate the process, recommend and provide strategies and/or devices for trial, and assist in developing a way to collect data on each strategy and device. Trials with strategies and AT devices usually take 6 - 8 weeks to collect the appropriate data. The data is analyzed and further deter-mination is made with the AT Team on changes or modifications that need to be made to the strategies or devices. The student's use of assistive technology must directly relate to IEP goals and objectives and the curriculum that is used with the student. Use the Reevaluation doc and fill out the Referral for AT Team Supports or Assistive Technology Screener to initiate assessment requests.
identify individual student needs for assistive technology strategies/devices in order to participate in his/her educational program.
determine strategies, materials, and equipment needed to allow students to participate more fully in their education.
provide district-wide trainings and school-based workshops in assistive technology use and implementation.
provide consultation for improving student success in the classroom using assistive technology.
Assistive Technology Lab
Make 'n Take examples, adapted literacy units, AT strategies, software and assistive technology devices are available for preview at the FDLRS/ESE/ATEN AT Technology Lab. Visit the lab to make visual strategies, adapt books, or find out more about how AT can help students. Visits to the lab are scheduled upon request by contacting Debbie Simari, Jennifer Buchmeyer or Angie McGahee to make an appointment.
Visual supports requests are made by completing a form which will help expedite requests for visual supports. Please use this form when making your requests so that Angie can more accurately maintain records on what has been developed for specific students and classrooms.
Assistive Technology Contacts
Debbie Simari, MS CCC/SLP-ATP
Speech Language Pathologist
Assistive Technology Practitioner
Jennifer Buchmeyer, MS CCC/SLP-ACC
Speech Language Pathologist Augmentative Alternative Communication
Assistive Technology Assistant