Forms to Guide AT Consideration
The Education Tech Point for Consideration and Referral focuses on the ways in which a student's team may first think about whether or not the student may need AT for any specific tasks that are especially difficult. Many schools districts and other education agencies have developed forms to help IEP Team members move successfully through the AT Consideration Process. The use of such a form can help the team members understand the questions that need to be addressed and speed up the discussion by keeping it focused on the needed steps.
- AT Consideration Process Guide from the Georgia Project for Assistive Technology-The GPAT AT Consideration Process Guide is a companion document to the GPAT AT Resource Guide, both are available under Consideration Documents. It was updated in 2014. It begins with identifying the tasks that are difficult for the student. Then it guides the team to think about the tools that might be helpful including standard classroom materials, accommodations/modifications/ strategies, and AT solutions.
- Framing the Question Worksheet- When teams begin to consider a student's need for assistive technology, the first step in the process is to identify tasks that are difficult or impossible for the student due to the disability. The Framing the Question Worksheet helps teams to work through a process to determine whether or not AT should be considered.
- Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) Procedure Guide for Consideration- This WATI Procedure Guide for Consideration 2017 suggests the steps that the IEP or IFSP team will want to take to prepare for the meeting, to complete the consideration discussion during the meeting, and to follow through after the meeting.
- WATI AT Consideration Guide-The WATI Consideration Guide 2017 begins by guiding the team to identify the tasks that are difficult or impossible for the student, then to discuss what strategies or accommodations are currently being used, identify any AT that is currently being used, and to discuss and list any new AT that they might want to try with the student. It ends with a discussion of any AT services that may be needed to support the student’s use of AT. The WATI AT Continuums is a companion to this form. It provides lists of AT tools grouped by the tasks they address and moving from simple to more complex.
- Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) AT Consideration Guide-The AT Consideration Guide-OTAP is similar to the previous two, but has two distinct features. It asks the team to indicate for each type of task whether it is a problem for the student or not and rather than having a long string of boxes for each task, it asks the team to write in the three tasks that are of most concern. It also ends with a discussion of AT services that may be needed.
- Sample referral form for AT-This simple Referral Form for AT suggests the type of questions that may need to be asked.