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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
National Assistive Technology Learning Modules
Free national online training modules provide information related to assistive technology. When viewing modules, IEP teams should work collaboratively to consider the appropriate assistive technology supports based on each student's unique disability-related needs.
Assistive Technology 101
This webinar series was presented in January 2020 by Paula Walser, a Speech and Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Consultant with over 20 years of experience in public education. In this AT 101 webinar series, Paula walks through her Assessing Student Need for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) web page.
- AT 101 Part 1: Legal Requirements
- AT 101 Part 2: Gather Information
- AT 101 Part 3: Decision Making and Tools
- AT 101 Part 4: Trial Use
- AT 101 Part 5: Examples of AT Resources
Resources to Support the AT 101 Webinar:
Assessing Student Need for Assistive TeIchnology (ASNAT): This page, developed by Paula Walser, walks through portions of the AT 101 webinar and provides information about the steps to take in conducting an AT assessment.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI): This website contains many materials Paula referred to in her webinar for professionals to use when assessing student need for AT.
Assistive Technology Internet Modules (ATIM): These free internet modules are opportunities for professional development in assistive technology and include case studies.
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)
This presentation is from March 2020 and is by Jennifer Schubring, a speech-language pathologist with expertise in Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) and founder of the Building AAC web page. In this AAC webinar series, Jennifer goes through the process of identifying and supporting AAC to ensure students have a voice and opportunity to engage in their education.
- AAC Part 1: Introduction and the AAC Continuum
- AAC Part 2: Why is Building Effective Communication Systems so Important?
- AAC Part 3: Core Vocabulary
- AAC Part 4: Who is a Good Candidate for Using Core Vocabulary and AAC?
- AAC Part 5: Getting Started with Core Vocabulary and Collective Learning Teams
- AAC Part 6: Core Vocabulary Activity Examples
- AAC Part 7: Aided Language Simulation
- AAC Part 8: Resources and Therapy Tools
Resources to Support the AAC Webinar
Building AAC: Speech Therapy: This page, developed by Jennifer Schubring, walks through portions of the AAC webinar and provides resources to use with students in modeling use of AAC devices.
Core Vocabulary: This page is the result of a grant-funded research project that found that 85% of words that most communicators use consist of a core vocabulary of about 200 words. This website provides support to professionals working with AAC users to equip students with these words on their core vocabulary bards.
Communication Matrix-Aided Language Stimulation: This page includes video examples and how-to ideas for implementing the evidence-based practice of aided language stimulation when working with students who use AAC devices.