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Effective assistive technology (AT) implementation facilitates students' ability to participate in educational activities, work toward mastery of Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, and make progress within the general education curriculum. The content of this module focuses on planning for the use of AT devices and services that IEP teams have determined to be needed for students with disabilities to benefit from a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 35 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe the expected results of effective AT implementation
  2. List four principles that form the foundation for AT implementation
  3. Explain basic concepts involved in planning AT implementation
  4. Discuss essential components related to evaluating the effectiveness of AT implementation

Module Authors

Gayl Bowser, M.S., Ed.

Gayl Bowser, M.Ed. is an independent consultant whose work focuses on the creation of effective, legal, and high-quality service systems that encourage integration of technology into programs for individuals with disabilities. Formerly the Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and the State of Oregon's Specialist in Assistive Technology, Gayl provides consultation, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. She is a teacher by training, a founding member of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium, and serves on the QIAT Leadership Team. Gayl is a co-author, with Penny Reed of Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology and Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services and several other books about AT services.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., has more than 35 years of experience in various capacities in public education and in leadership roles in national, statewide and regional organizations and boards. Carl, whose background is as a school psychologist, is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston and lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN). She is a consultant with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, a founding member of QIAT and a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services.

Module Content Provided By

Content for this module was provided by Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN)

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