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THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF A SCHOOL BASED ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

Paul Richard
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Orange County Department of Education
Associate Professor, CA State University, Dominguez Hills
200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
paul_richard@ocde.k12.ca.us
paulr9824@aol.com
Telephone: (714) 966-4140
Fax: (714) 545-6312
Pager: (714) 219-5571

This one (1) day workshop will review Assistive Technology as it relates to education, communication, vocation, and environmental control for school aged individuals with disabilities. It will explore types of assistive technologies, functional assessments, available resources, as well as, school district responsibilities, and related issues. Participants should be encouraged to register as school based transdisciplinary teams.

Participants will demonstrate:

  1. Recognition of assistive technology devices related to education
  2. An understanding of assistive technology devices related to communication
  3. An understanding of assistive technology devices related to vocation, environmental control and mobility
  4. Knowledge of the role of the school based transdisciplinary team related to assistive technology assessments
  5. An ability to conduct school based functional assessments in the area of assistive technology
  6. Knowledge and awareness of legal and ethical issues related to the provision of assistive technology devices and services

Workshop Topics

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Assistive technology devices related to education, communication, vocation and environmental control
  3. Available resources and school district responsibilities
  4. Transdisciplinary team and functional assessments
  5. Conducting an assistive technology functional assessment
  6. Appropriate assistive technology goals and objectives and how they relate to the functional assessment
  7. Procedures within an AT system to access appropriate devices and services

Workshop Project

  1. Each workshop participant shall complete a section of a basic functional assessment.
  2. The basic functional assessment will include the following:
  3. Background Information
  4. Assessment Goals
  5. Personal Description
  6. Preferred Learning Style
  7. Academic or Activity Preferences
  8. Current Services and Approaches
  9. Resources
  10. Support Domains
  11. Measureable Goals and Objectives
  12. Summary Report

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