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Assistive Technology Forward

Introducing the Assistive Technology (AT) Forward Statewide Project and Community of Practice

To sign up to be a member of the CoP and receive the benefits outlined below, please complete this form.

The Assistive Technology (AT) Forward Project is designed to support educators, practitioners, caregivers and families to increase student autonomy in utilizing Assistive Technology tools to support access, engagement, and progress in virtual and distance learning. Assistive Technology Forward will provide a statewide, virtual Community of Practice (CoP) to support AT in virtual and distance learning. By joining this Community of Practice, members will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of AT as well as benefit from the knowledge learned through networking with colleagues statewide.

CoP members will have access to:

  • A free membership to Assistive Technology Industry Association (AITA) that includes free online webinars related to Assistive Technology.
  • Access to free one-to-one virtual technical assistance to support the use of AT in virtual and distance learning.
  • Regular updates from the field and ability to share resources with others through a new AT CoP email list.

Assistive Technology Forward

Assistive Technology Forward is a new project as part of CARES Act ESSER funding.

Assistive Technology Forward seeks to increase student and family autonomy in selecting and utilizing Assistive Technology tools to support students ability to access, engage, and make progress in virtual and distance learning.

The Assistive Technology Forward project is made of four main components:

  1. Development of a statewide Community of Practice (CoP) to Support AT in Virtual and Distance Learning. This includes setting up AT leaders in public and private schools across the state and developing new communication channels.
  2. Regularly scheduled virtual Community of Practice Meetings across the school year on various topics related to the use of AT in virtual and distance learning with a focus on supporting students and families.
  3. Learning Center Subscriptions will be made available from a national organization AT organization, the Assistive Technology Industry Association. These subscriptions provide access to training modules, AT resources, and other technical assistance from this national organization.
  4. This project will provide virtual one-on-one technical assistance to support AT implementation.

Information on how to join the Community of Practice, Community of Practice Meetings, access to Learning Subscriptions, and Technical Assistance will be available on this page soon. The project will be project managed by CESA 2, who currently holds an AT Lending Center contract with WI DPI and will be further supported by the WI DPI AT workgroup. Additional information on this project and other similar projects is posted at DPI’s Providing Training for Educators in the Provision of Online and Remote Instruction page.