Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Assistive Technology services are provided to directly assist students with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Services include evaluating for, facilitating the purchase, leasing, or acquisition of assistive technology devices. Support is also provided for selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology and training or technical assistance for a student, family, or professional are provided through the Assistive Technology program.

Students with Visual Impairments

In the area of visual impairment, assistive technology is divided into two broad categories: low vision devices and blindness devices depending upon the individual’s functional vision capabilities or lack of vision. Assistive Technology may run the continuum from “no tech” environmental adaptations and modifications to “low tech” magnification including magnifiers and large print materials; audio books and tape recorders; use of a cane or the use of a Braille Writer or slate and stylus to “high tech” devices such as modified computer systems, portable note takers, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), refreshable Braille displays, and reading systems for both low vision and blind students.

Students with Hearing Impairments

Intermediate Unit 1 has a full-time educational audiologist who provides diagnostic services, consultation, prescriptions for state of the art amplification devices (i.e., hearing aids, frequency modulation systems, sound field systems, etc.), evaluations for central auditory processing disorders, and general consultations.

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For More Information

For more information about the Assistive Technology program at IU1, please contact:

Leigh Dennick
Director of Special Education Services
724-938-3241 ext. 273