Special Education

Assistive Technology

Levels of Assistive Technology

  • Level One

    • Low Tech- the IEP team determines if low tech AT is needed for the student. 
    • Basic in nature
    • Require very little training in terms of use
    • Inexpensive
    • Readily available or easily accessible within the classroom

     

    Examples of Level One Include, but are not limited to:

    • Pencil grips
    • Highlighted text
    • Math manipulatives
    • Place markers
    • Overlays
    • Post – it notes
    • Visual schedules
    • Enlarged print text

     

    Does this mean that many of the accommodations qualify as Level One?

    Yes

     

    But how do I know when to check?
    1. Does the student require this to access FAPE and make progress on IEP objectives?
    2. Is the accommodation a tangible item?

     

  • Level Two

    • Mid-Tech–the campus specialists such as SLP, OT, PT, Vision Specialist, Audiologist, LSSP, etc. in collaboration with the classroom teacher and school staff determine the need for mid-tech AT
    • Require more maintenance, more training, and may have some technical or electronic component
    • Require a trial period of use and recommendations are made based upon the trials. 

     

    Examples Of Level Two At Include, But Are Not Limited To:

    • Text reader
    • Talking word processor
    • Word prediction software
    • Alternate keyboard
    • FM System
    • Simple voice output device
  • Level Three

    • Recommendations must be supported by campus data collected based upon trials, interventions and previous strategies documented and considered. 
    • Must include a ULS core member in the level 3 evaluation process
    • Level 3 items are often expensive, not readily accessible, highly technical, and require specialized training and knowledge of the device.

     

    Examples Of Level Three Include, But Are Not Limited To:

    • High end augmentative communication devices
    • Voice output device with dynamic display
    • Voice output device with speech synthesis
    • Voice Recognition software

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