QIAT Session 2: Consideration of AT Needs
Consideration of a student’s need for assistive technology (AT) devices and services is required during the development of every Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and every Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children with disabilities from birth through transition to post-secondary life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that each team that plans for the education of a child with a disability document any AT devices and/or services the child may need.Educators report that they continue to struggle with knowing how to implement this requirement. The Consideration Quality Indicators can help teams and agencies to understand and plan how to address AT during an IEP meeting. This session will use the Consideration indicators and suggest strategies for effective consideration during IEP meetings. We will suggest options to support effective practice, and principles to help districts or building level teams ensure that a student’s need for AT is considered in a meaningful way.
Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.
Kathy Lalk has a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation, a M.S. in Educational Technology; and an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification by RESNA. Kathy works as an assistive technology specialist for a public school district. Her work includes support of students with disabilities, their families and their educational team in the consideration, implementation and evaluation of the use of assistive technology. Kathy is a Recreation Therapist; Lekotek Leader, CompuPlay Leader; Supervisor in Infant/Toddler program; and parent of 3 children.