The AT Teams Project was begun in Region One as a way to build capacity in assistive technology in districts served throughout our area.  Special education departments from districts, charter schools and special education cooperatives are invited every year to
    send a team.  We require a teacher of the visually impaired, a diagnostician, and a speech language pathologist.  We encourage special and general education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists to be included on the teams.
    AT Teams receive training specifically to build skills within their districts.  The Region One AT specialists will provide resources such as presentations, devices and software to help the AT Teams turn around trainings within their home districts.
    For the 2011-2012 school year, the AT Teams again decided to concentrate on the evaluation process. Due to reduced off campus and out of district travel, a series of 4 webinars was created to address AT evaluation  needs. This series of webinars will introduce AT teams to several assessment models, assessment toolkits, report writing, implementation procedures and monitoring. Training was further enhanced with on-site visits to address specific team / district needs.
    For 2010-2011 the focus was on assessing students with disabilities using the Stages Evaluation Software.  Developed by Madalaine Pugliese, there are 7 Stages of development assessed beginning with Cause/Effect through mathematics and writing. The software is appropriate for all students: from those with the most significant physical disabilities to students with reading and/or writing deficits placed in the general education setting. The training was offered over several days both at Edinburg and in Laredo. Most teams had the software and report wizard from previous years. Since many team members were new, this was a great opportunity to build skills.

    Additionally, a state-wide training on Universal Design for Learning was offered via TETN.  The presenter Karen Janowski is an Assistive Technology Consultant from Reading, Massachusetts. We had a good turnout of general educators as well as special educators.
    The AT Teams determined that the focus for the 2009-2010 school year would be on assessing the assistive technology needs of students with high incidence disabilities.  "High incidence" disabilities are those categories of disabilities in which there are usually the higher number of identified students (i.e., significant learning disability, other health impairment, speech and language.)
    Additionally, for the first time, Team trainings will be offered in a combination of live face-to-face meetings and web-based collaboration in an effort to meet the needs of district personnel who are finding it increasingly difficulty to leave their campuses and districts to attend quality professional development. The teams who participated were given Education TECH Points by Gayl Bowser and Penny Reed, 2006 to assist in understanding the assessment process.
    You can download a flyer for this training series Assistive Technology Assessment for High Incidence Disabilities by clicking on the link.
    During the 2008-2009 school year, the AT Teams worked on updating or completely rewriting their existing operating guidelines.
    For assistance in this area, the teams used many of the ideas and forms available in "Assessing Student Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) 4th ed." available as a PDF download from the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative. Click here to go to their website.
    For the 2007-2008 school year, our focus is on the population of students who would be taking the TAKS-Alt.  Due to the nature of their disabilities, many of these students require alternative access to materials and computers or other technology.  To help meet the needs of the students and the staff who teach and support them, we have invited AT Teams to a year-long training on the assessment and use of switches.  Those items which registered teams received a Zygo switch assessment kit which contains:
    Hardware -
    Lolly switch
    Tread switch
    Lever switch
    Leaf switch (1 small, 1 large)
    Pneumatic switch
    Thumb Switch
    USB Interface

    In 2004 Region One Assistive Technology Project supplied enrolled teams with an Assistive Technology Evaluation Kit.  The kit contained the following items:
    Software and Manuals -
    IntelliTools Classroom Suite
    WATI Update
    Hardware -
    GOTALK - 9 location
    GOTALK - 4 location
    GOTALK - 5 location
    GOTALK - single message
    GOTALK - mini-recorder
    GOTALK - step pad
    Contact the AT Team leader in your district or special education cooperative if you would like to check out items to use to assess a student.
Last Modified on February 13, 2012