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School Administrators must have a working knowledge of the federal laws related to assistive technology devices and services as they apply to school districts. This module will provide a working knowledge of these laws as well as an understanding that good leaders will facilitate the integration of AT throughout their district to support both general and special educators as well as the students they serve.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 39 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate
  1. Identify and describe the definition and scope of assistive technology devices and services and the implications for students with disabilities.
  2. Describe the administrator's legal responsibilities pertaining to the provision of assistive technology for students with disabilities.
  3. Identify critical areas of administrative support and leadership for developing and delivering assistive technology services.

Module Authors

Kathy Staugler, M.A.

During thirty-five years in education, Kathy worked as a speech-language pathologist, special education teacher, and regional consultant for assistive technology. Her primary focus has been on students with significant disabilities and the development of strategies to enable students to participate, communicate and make progress within their educational programs.

Module Contributors

Jan Rogers, MS, OTR/L, ATP

Jan Rogers is currently an AT and AEM consultant having retired as the Program Director of the OCALI AT&AEM Center in 2023. 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 Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, and Ashland University. She is a published author of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the topic of assistive technology. Additionally, she has been 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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