It is important for individuals to have access to communication and other activities of daily living (ADLs). Some people may have limitations that can be addressed through the use of assistive technology. Learn more about how Roundtree Group can assist with these supports.
Assistive Technology (AT) is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. [Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)]. Assistive technologies range in complexity depending on what is necessary for a person to access their environment – school, home, work, recreation, etc. Some of these tools can be considered “high tech” such as a tablet with an app for communication or “low tech” such as a pencil grip to assist with using a writing utensil (pencil, pen, etc.). In order to find the right assistive technology for a person who needs it involves decision making with professionals trained to match particular assistive technologies to specific needs.
Roundtree Group can assist your family and/or organization with a variety of assistive technology supports such as:
AT assessment/evaluation services
- collection of case history information, review of records/information from a variety of sources (schools, rehabilitation facilities, professionals such as teachers, doctors, therapists, etc.)
- environmental observation(s)
- administration of assessment tools including trials with technology/tools to provide access to the individual’s environment (school, home, etc.) for the student. The evaluator will request information ahead of time related to the area of suspected need for assistive technology. If unknown, the district should submit a request for AT consultation.
- training of the individual, family, and pertinent staff on assistive technology tools recommended for implementation from a comprehensive evaluation.
- discussions with staff about AT consideration to determine the need for implementation and or assessment.
- Development of teaming in your agency to determine team makeup and identify individuals who have an interest and knowledge about assistive technology
- Professional Development sessions on assistive technology assessment, intervention and implementation