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The intent of this module is to provide information and resources on switch access to technology such as computers, mobile devices and AAC equipment, characteristics of students who may potentially benefit from switch access and how to use the WATI assessment process for students needing switch access. The WATI assessment process systematically continues through information gathering, decision-making and implementation planning. The WATI AT Decision-Making Guide supports the team with guiding questions designed to yield information about the student, environment(s) and tasks. This module is Part I of two parts. Part II, Switch Access Tools - WATI - Part II, further explores tools for switch access.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 31 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe the mechanics of switch access.
  2. Describe characteristics of students who may benefit from switch-accessible learning.
  3. List the first three components and supporting tools of the WATI AT assessment process.
  4. Identify resources for gaining a deeper understanding of switch-accessible learning.

Module Authors

Cindy Nankee OTR/L, ATP

Cindy is an assistive technology consultant and a registered occupational therapist. Her background includes 25+ years as a school-based OT, 9 years with Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), and 5 years as the committee chairperson for the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan Conference.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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