AT - Overview
Assistive technology is defined as both a “device” and a “service.” Assistive Technology Device: The term assistive technology device means “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.” (34 C.F.R. §300.5) Assistive Technology Service: The term assistive technology service means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
AT spans a broad range from low tech to high tech. Generally, the lowest tech solution that meets the need is preferable. Examples of a low tech solutions include items like pencil grips and velcro fasteners. High tech solutions include devices like a Dynavox or software like Kurzweil.
Conferences and Workshops
There are three major conferences and workshops in Minnesota that focus on AT:
- Closing the Gap. This is by far the largest conference. It's usually held in October.
- Charting the Cs. This is sponsored by the State of MN. It's usually held in April.
- Up to the MN*AT. This is sponsored by the State of MN. It's usually held during the summer.
Our Assistive Technology Staff :
Region 5 / 7 AT Resources
The following links are PDF documents that detail AT resources by specific area. They were compiled by the Region 5 / 7 AT committee, chaired by Barb Lhotka. You can click on a specific area, or download all the documents in a single zip file.
Augmentive Communication (AAC)
Assessment Rubrics Data
Assistive Living Devices
Assistive Technology Basics
Disability Resources (ASD)
Disability Resources (BVI)
Disability Resources (SLD)
Handwriting and Keyboarding
Physical Education Health
Reading and Digital Books
Reference and Research
Simple Low Technology
Seech and Language
Spelling and Language Arts
Study Skills and Organization
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)