ProvidingAssistive Technology:An Administrator’sPerspective                        1
A Professional Development Module        www.texasat.netCollaboratively developed by• Texas Assistive Technology  Network,...
Objectives Federal and state legal contexts Basic definitions and examples of AT The administrator’s role in provision ...
The Legal Evolution of Access• EHA 1975    Access to schools• IDEA 1990   Access to classrooms• IDEA 1997   Access to gene...
IDEA 2004: Final RegulationsSec 300.5 AT Devices• Federal definition of Assistive Technology• The school district must pro...
IDEA 2004: Final RegulationsSec 300.6 AT Services• Federal definition of Assistive Technology• The school district must pr...
Administrator’s Role isusually Not… • Being an AT expert • Providing AT services • Making independent AT  decisions       ...
Your Role is…•   Holding the vision•   Understanding change•   Building relationships•   Building knowledge•   Supporting ...
Mission Perspective for ATStudents withdisabilities receive theAT devices and servicesneeded to benefit fromFAPE.(Indicato...
Financial PerspectiveFocuses on ensuringadequate funding andresources to sustainand improve theinternal processes         ...
Learning, Growth andInnovation PerspectiveFocuses on how an agency isinnovating, improving, and learningin order to suppor...
QIAT in Action Resources Quality Indicators for Assistive       Technology Services          www.qiat.org                 ...
Quality Indicators in AT (QIAT):Administration          www.qiat.org1.   …written procedural guidelines…2.   …disseminatio...
1. Guidelines…The education agency has written procedural  guidelines that ensure equitable access to  assistive technolog...
Incorporating AT into theIEP                            15
2. Dissemination…The education agency broadly disseminates  clearly defined procedures for accessing  and providing assist...
3. Job requirements…The education agency includes appropriate  assistive technology responsibilities in  written descripti...
4. Personnel competencies…The education agency employs personnel  with the competencies needed to support  quality assisti...
5. Planning & Budgeting…The education agency includes assistive  technology in the technology planning and  budgeting proc...
6. Professional development…The education agency provides access to  ongoing learning opportunities about  assistive techn...
6. Evaluation…The education agency uses a systematic  process to evaluate all components of the  agency-wide assistive tec...
Action Items               22
 Ensure students with disabilitiesreceive the AT devices and servicesneeded to benefit from FAPEIdentify people who can ...
FiscalAction Items• Include AT in planning and  budgeting• Allocate human, fiscal and  material resources• Provide structu...
Learning, Growth andInnovationAction Items• Offer continuous learning    opportunities•   Create a systemic procedure to  ...
Other Resources• District Resources• Regional Resources• State Resources  –www.texasat.net                       26
Contact information:          Kirk Behnke, M.Ed., ATP               Region 4 ESC          7145 West Tidwell Road          ...
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  • FIE – Functional Individual EvaluationPLAAFP – Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
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    1. 1. ProvidingAssistive Technology:An Administrator’sPerspective 1
    2. 2. A Professional Development Module www.texasat.netCollaboratively developed by• Texas Assistive Technology Network, led by Region 4 ESC• Texas Education Agency 2
    3. 3. Objectives Federal and state legal contexts Basic definitions and examples of AT The administrator’s role in provision of AT services Quality Indicators in AT for Administrative Support 3
    4. 4. The Legal Evolution of Access• EHA 1975 Access to schools• IDEA 1990 Access to classrooms• IDEA 1997 Access to generaleducation curriculum• IDEA 2004 Access to instructional materials 4
    5. 5. IDEA 2004: Final RegulationsSec 300.5 AT Devices• Federal definition of Assistive Technology• The school district must provide the AT devices that are required by the child as part of his special education, related services, and/or supplementary aids and services• School-owned AT must be made available to the child at home or in other educational settings IF THE IEP Committee DETERMINES that access to the AT in those places is necessary for the child to receive FAPE. 5
    6. 6. IDEA 2004: Final RegulationsSec 300.6 AT Services• Federal definition of Assistive Technology• The school district must provide the AT services that are required by the child as part of his special education, related services, and/or supplementary aids and services• Services include, but not limited to: • Assessment • Evaluation • Trials • Maintenance and repair • Follow-up – funding, etc. 6
    7. 7. Administrator’s Role isusually Not… • Being an AT expert • Providing AT services • Making independent AT decisions 7
    8. 8. Your Role is…• Holding the vision• Understanding change• Building relationships• Building knowledge• Supporting student success Michael Fullan: (2001) Leading in a Culture of Change 8
    9. 9. Mission Perspective for ATStudents withdisabilities receive theAT devices and servicesneeded to benefit fromFAPE.(Indicators 5a and 5b) 9
    10. 10. Financial PerspectiveFocuses on ensuringadequate funding andresources to sustainand improve theinternal processes 10
    11. 11. Learning, Growth andInnovation PerspectiveFocuses on how an agency isinnovating, improving, and learningin order to support student success.Vision: Digital natives 11
    12. 12. QIAT in Action Resources Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services www.qiat.org 12
    13. 13. Quality Indicators in AT (QIAT):Administration www.qiat.org1. …written procedural guidelines…2. …dissemination of AT service policy and procedures…3. …written documentation on job requirements…4. …personnel with competencies….5. …AT in the technology planning and budgeting…6. …continuous learning opportunities…7. …systemic procedures to evaluate AT services… 13
    14. 14. 1. Guidelines…The education agency has written procedural guidelines that ensure equitable access to assistive technology devices and services for students with disabilities, if required for a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). 14
    15. 15. Incorporating AT into theIEP 15
    16. 16. 2. Dissemination…The education agency broadly disseminates clearly defined procedures for accessing and providing assistive technology services and supports the implementation of those guidelines. 16
    17. 17. 3. Job requirements…The education agency includes appropriate assistive technology responsibilities in written descriptions of job requirements for each position in which activities impact assistive technology services. 17
    18. 18. 4. Personnel competencies…The education agency employs personnel with the competencies needed to support quality assistive technology services within their primary areas of responsibility at all levels of the organization. 18
    19. 19. 5. Planning & Budgeting…The education agency includes assistive technology in the technology planning and budgeting process. 19
    20. 20. 6. Professional development…The education agency provides access to ongoing learning opportunities about assistive technology for staff, family, and students. 20
    21. 21. 6. Evaluation…The education agency uses a systematic process to evaluate all components of the agency-wide assistive technology program. 21
    22. 22. Action Items 22
    23. 23.  Ensure students with disabilitiesreceive the AT devices and servicesneeded to benefit from FAPEIdentify people who can be resourcesInclude a broad range of people inplanningDevelop written operating guidelinesBroadly disseminate and implement theoperating guidelines 23
    24. 24. FiscalAction Items• Include AT in planning and budgeting• Allocate human, fiscal and material resources• Provide structures for managing resources which are efficient as well as legal and ethical 24
    25. 25. Learning, Growth andInnovationAction Items• Offer continuous learning opportunities• Create a systemic procedure to evaluate AT services at the agency level• Monitor change and reevaluate needs 25
    26. 26. Other Resources• District Resources• Regional Resources• State Resources –www.texasat.net 26
    27. 27. Contact information: Kirk Behnke, M.Ed., ATP Region 4 ESC 7145 West Tidwell Road Houston, TX 77092-2096 (713) 744-6559 kbehnke@esc4.net 27

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