• Assistive Technology


      A student with a disability may need assistive technology to participate and make progress in the Common Core Curriculum when there’s evidence the student struggles to meet performance expectations given the instructional interventions, accommodations, and modifications provided by the school team.

    Assistive technology (AT) refers to a range of devices, from low tech to high tech, simple to complex, and commonly to rarely needed. The type of device depends on the nature of the student’s disability, curriculum expectations, and performance challenges.

    An infant and toddler, child, or student with an IFSP, IEP, or 504 plan may require assistive technology consultation services to support school teams with considering, implementing, and monitoring student AT needs. AT services include assessment, provision of AT devices for students who demonstrate need, coordination of devices that qualifying students use, collaboration with other services, and training and technical assistance for students, family and professionals who work with the student.

    Like many school districts in Maryland, the Assistive Technology (AT) Consultation Team uses the Student Environment Task Tool (SETT) collaborative decision making framework to guide and support school instructional teams as a part of IEP development and annual review. The AT Cycle (from the Maryland Assistive Technology Network incorporates the SETT framework as well (see Assistive Technology Resources). 

    When school teams identify students who are not making expected progress and identify AT device(s) with potential to address barriers to student participation and progress, the next step is to conduct a trial of the AT device to collect evidence about whether the AT device benefits the student’s educational performance. If the evidence shows a student benefits from using the AT device, the school team documents the student’s need for an AT device in the student’s individual learning plan. 

    Other related services professionals also make decisions about assistive technology needs for students they serve including audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, vision teachers, and orientation and mobility professionals.


    AT device
    Jennifer Holloway
    Instructional Specialist

    PGCPS AT Consult Team
    Judy Hoyer Family Learning Center, Room 356
    8908 Riggs Rd.

    Adelphi, MD 20783
    (301) 408-5540 (voice mail)
    (301) 408-7111 (FAX
    (301) 618-8385 (administrative support)


    Key IDEA 2004 Regulations on Assistive Technology:

    State and District Requirements

    Consideration of AT in the Development of the IEP

    Assistive Technology Device

    Assistive Technology Service

    Assistive Technology Resources:

    AT Cycle

    The Family Center on Technology and Disability  

    Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology

    Student Environment Task Tools Decision Framework