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 Internet Modules (ATIM) high-quality information and professional development
- Iris Center Assistive Technology high-quality information and professional development
- Ablenet University Recorded Webinars free webinars on a variety of AT needs and supports
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.