Training Materials for AT Consideration
School personnel who will at some point serve as IEP or IFSP team members may need specific training about AT consideration in order to feel comfortable. Here are resources to keep in mind.
- AT Internet Module on AT Consideration in the IEP Process: The Ohio Center on Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) has developed and maintains an excellent training resource that includes dozens of different modules related to AT. The AT Internet Module on AT Consideration in the IEP Process is especially helpful. It contains a short video that does an excellent job of explaining feature match in the consideration process. (Note: If you have already signed up with the AT Internet Modules, the link will take you directly to the module on Consideration. If you have not yet signed up, go ahead and do that. There is no charge and they do not share your name with anyone else.)
- Texas AT Network Consideration Module: The Texas AT Network has developed several training modules on topics central to the provision of AT services. They all contain a powerpoint presentation, presenter notes, a note taking guide and a resource guide. The name of the module on Consideration is The Texas 4-Step Model: Considering Assistive Technology in the IEP Process. It does contain a few terms unique to Texas, but is applicable to all states.
- Free webinars from AbleNet: The AbleNet, Inc. has for several years offered a wide variety of webinars related to assistive technology devices and services through their AbleNet University program. There are new webinars being offered each month and a very robust listing of past webinars that can be viewed at any time. There is no charge for these and they offer a certificate of attendance for educators who participate. Go directly to the resources section of their website where they store all of the previously recorded webinars and sign up. There is no charge to sign up and they do not share your name with anyone else. Look for the webinars that relate to the process of AT Consideration.