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Overview

Beginning with the current definition of assistive technology and continuing with the laws and legal mandates that influence AT implementation, readers of this module will be provided with a broad, foundational introduction to the field of AT. This module provides readers with information about specific AT devices and services, implementation and impact of AT devices and services across various environments, the low-mid-high tech continuum of assistive technology, AT standards of practice as well as AT program and self-evaluation tools.

  • What's Included
  • 17 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Define assistive technology (AT)
  2. Identify different types of AT
  3. Identify if an assistive technology is considered low-, mid-, or high-tech.
  4. Describe the standards of practice regarding the provision of AT tools and/or services
  5. Locate institutions that provide AT certification programs
  6. List professional growth opportunities in the area of AT
  7. Describe AT program and self-evaluation tools

Module Authors

Angela M. Harris, M.S.

Angela M. Harris works as a special education district coordinator for Emporia Public Schools. Prior to joining Emporia Public Schools, she worked as a consulting teacher for Topeka Public Schools, as a worksite coordinator for Three Lakes Special Education Cooperative, and as a 5th-8th grade special education teacher in the West Franklin school district. She received her master's degree in adaptive special education from Emporia State University.

Module Contributors

Jan Rogers, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Jan Rogers is currently the Program Director of the OCALI Assistive Technology Center. She is an occupational therapist and is also a RESNA certified ATP who has worked in a variety of agencies serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. She has taught assistive technology courses at The Ohio State University and currently teaches in the on-line AT certification program at Bowling Green State University. Additionally, she is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences on the topic of assistive technology.

Heather J. Bridgman M.S., ATP

Heather Bridgman is a rehabilitation engineer and has worked in both the medical and educational environments. Her specialties include computer access, augmentative communication, universal design for learning and online learning. She presents regionally and nationally on these topics. Heather has earned a master's degree in systems engineering as well as a teaching license in the area of high school mathematics. She is currently employed with the OCALI AT&AEM Center as an Assistive Technology Consultant. Bridgman is certified as a RESNA Assistive Technology Professional, teaches AT courses at Ashland University and is a co-author of the book "Show Me: A Teacher's Guide to Video Modeling".

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