Assistive Technology

assistive technology terminology

AT Devices

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 functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of that device...

(34 CFR §300.5) IDEA 2014

AT Services

Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device...

(34 CFR §300.6) IDEA 2004

Staff AT Resources for Elmbrook School District employees

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Apps for Access

Click here to search this user-generated list of apps by area of need. User additions are encouraged, please sign in to staff AT resource page to edit.

Access: Switches and Mounts

Some students show what they know using switches. Use these resources to learn more about supporting these students in the classroom.

Access: System Settings & Preferences

Chrome OS

iOS

Windows 7

Windows 7 has a wide variety of built in Accessibility features. Click here for an overview.

AAC Resources

Presume Competence

Communication Matrix

  • communication matrix logoResearch-based communication assessment instrument for parents and professionals
  • Designed for individuals of all ages at earliest stages of communication
  • Communication Matrix Community offers expert moderated support in use of the tool with a focus on improving outcomes for individuals with complex communication needs.

ASF Communication Training Series

  • AAC webinar slideDeveloped through Angelman Syndrome Foundation, but applicable to all individuals with complex communication needs.
  • Free webinars by expert in AAC, communication and literacy. Archived on YouTube after initial airing
  • Current info - year long series presented in 2015 & 2016
  • Overview of topic organization
  • Focuses on AAC classroom implementation

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PrAACtical AAC

  • Supports families and professionals in improving the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties.
  • Founded in 2011 by two SLP professors.
  • Resources include Strategy of the Month, Video of the Week, AAC e-Toolbox

Bookshare

I plan to listen to Bookshare books using:

Chromebook

Bookshare Web Reader

  • Must have an individual Bookshare membership
  • Optimized for Chrome Browser and Windows 7 and above
  • Requires 1 time installation of Bookshare Web Reader extension in Chrome.
  • Bookshare Web Reader User's Guide

Read & Write for Google

iPad

Voice Dream Reader

Android

Go Read

  • Download for free from Google Play (requires Android 2.2 Froyo or above).
  • Open books from individual membership directly into app.
  • Teachers may download books for students using organizational account, but will need to sign out of the app after downloading for confidentiality reasons.
  • Also reads ePub format.
Darwin Reader
  • Download for $19.95 from Google Play (requires Android 2.2 Froyo or above)
  • Open books from individual membership directly into app.
  • Customizable for needs of blind, low vision, print disabled individuals.
  • Reads DAISY 2.0 and 2.0 files.

PC or Mac

Bookshare Web Reader:

  • Must have an individual Bookshare membership
  • Optimized for Chrome Browser and Windows 7 and above
  • Requires 1 time installation of Bookshare Web Reader extension in Chrome
  • Bookshare Web Reader User Guide

Read & Write for Google

Use the Read:OutLoud Software Program

iPad Resources

Apps for Access

Review Apps for Access document by need area and platform.

Math Support

In progress.

Review Apps for Access document for suggestions.

Writing Support

Quick Links

For Staff

Troubleshooting

Reading Support

Reading Support

Read&Write for Google Chrome

Get Started
Learn about all the features of Read&Write for Google Chrome in quick, 1-2 minute videos with this YouTube Playlist . Watch them from start to finish or pick and choose the topics you need right now.
Use with Overdrive
Use Read&Write for Google Chrome to read Overdrive files (PDF and ePUB)

Snap&Read Universal

Web Based Resources to Support Reading

Rewordify

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  • free website developed by a special education teacher and former computer programmer
  • helps students read complex passages
  • use to rephrase complex terms
  • alternatively, highlights complex terms and provides synonyms when hovering cursor over word
  • Video Tutorial - 3 minutes

Text Compactor

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  • free, online tool for summarizing and simplifying text
  • extremely user-friendly, requires no login
  • copy/paste digital text into the box, use slider to determine percentage of text you want to end up with, view simplified text
  • use as a tool to help struggling readers of all ages.
  • works best with non-fiction text
  • Video tutorial - 1.5 minutes