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This module describes the role Assistive Technology (AT) can play in the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and begins the discussion of assessment strategies that may be used to determine AT needs. This is Part I of a two-part module and focuses on how AT can help people become more independent, more active participants in their own lives, and reduce the amount of support they need. Specific topics in Part I include an overview of AT devices and services, identification of the need for AT, and clarifying the individual's strengths and obstacles to independence.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 30 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Explain the legal definition of AT as it applies to individuals with DD.
  2. List four steps to completing an AT assessment.
  3. Discuss the relationship between assessments used in developing Individual Service Plans (ISP) and completion of an AT assessment.

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.

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