What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is any tool that helps a student perform more effectively at home, school, work or play. For some students, AT provides them with equal access to learning and communication in the classroom, community, and beyond.
Who uses Assistive Technology?
Students with disabilities that impact their oral or written communication (speaking, listening, reading, or writing), learning, social relationships, mobility, and active participation are potential users of AT.
What is SWAAAC?
SWAAAC stands for Statewide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication. SWAAAC teams provide expert, multi-disciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students full inclusion in all educational opportunities. The Durango School District 9-R is a participating member of the Colorado SWAAAC and has presented at their state-wide conferences.
How can a Student access Assistive Technology?
Any member of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team may initiate a request for Assistive Technology based on the strengths, needs, goals, and services outlined in the IEP. Durango School District has a loan bank as well as access to the SWAAAC loan bank of items to try with a student to determine best-fit and long-term success with AT. Members of our ESS team who specialize in AT will consult with a student’s IEP team to assist in this process as needed.