Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology (AT) Department provides special education students with services and/or devices that allow them to benefit from their Individual Education Program (IEP).

How is AT Requested?

The IEP team will make the request for assistive technology. This assistance may be in the form of equipment/software procurement, classroom and teacher consultation, or an assistive technology assessment. A variety of options are often tried, during a loaner period, to determine the most beneficial type of technology for the student. After the IEP team makes its final recommendations, the required equipment/software is then ordered for the student and made available to him/her until it is no longer needed as determined by the IEP. Examples of AT services and devices provided include Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to allow students with speech difficulties to communicate; reading, writing, and math technology for students struggling with or requiring access to these important subject areas; computer software and hardware to accommodate accessibility and programming issues; adaptive equipment for daily living skills; and wheelchair mounts/technology for students utilizing wheelchair access.

AT Literacy Lab

Located at Monarch School, the AT Literacy Lab serves a three-fold purpose in providing services to Gwinnett students. AT assessments offer a comprehensive look at a student’s technology needs. In addition, educational staff and parents are encouraged to visit the lab to experience hands-on training with various devices, software, and technology. Staff development classes also are provided at the lab and in the Oakland media center. Finally, literacy activities that use assistive technology are offered to community skills classes and are a part of students’ daily classroom activities.