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An introduction to the AT continuum

An introduction to the AT continuum

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  • 1. An Overview of Assistive TechnologySPE 545
  • 2. Persons involved in AT:• Parents, users, families• Educational program administrators• Educators of all types• Social workers• Speech-language pathologists (SLPs)• Occupational therapists• Physical therapists
  • 3. Purposes of AT Increase productivity  Functional Improve life quality  Enabling Enable communication  Augmentative Facilitate learning  Efficient Independence and access  Adaptive to the community Expanded control over their environment Friendship
  • 4. AT Continuum High Tech Light Tech No Tech
  • 5. AT No Tech• Adaptation of common objects• Does not have electronic components• Can include an accommodation, change in the environment, flexible scheduling
  • 6. AT Light TechExamples:• Slant Board• Tape Recorders• Changes in text size, in spacing, in background color• Calculator• Reading pen• Highlighter tape• Color filters
  • 7. AT High Tech• Word Processor• Word Prediction Software• Talking Word Processor• Multimedia Software• Voice Recognition Software
  • 8. Resources • U.S. Department of Educations Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) • The National AT Reuse Center: http://www.passitoncenter.org/ • Infinitec, Inc. (a joint effort of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington D.C) http://www.infinitec.org/ • ISBE: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/SPEC-ED/html/assist_tech.htm • Association of AT Act Programs http://www.ataporg.org/atap/index.php • Illinois State Resources http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/cerebral-palsy-assistance/illinois • Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP) http://www.iltech.org • Illinois Life Span http://www.illinoislifespan.org/index.asp