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ABLE Tech, in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, offers training to school districts to empower educators in assessing, identifying, and providing appropriate AT devices and services for students. ABLE Tech's Assistive Technology and Information Services Program provides a variety of services including training sessions for district AT Teams each year. ABLE Tech's training, technical assistance, and consultation teach educators more about the innovative field of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, accommodation ideas, and universal design for learning to increase educational success and readiness for students with disabilities in all grade levels. The training program is anchored by the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
ABLE Tech's AT Team training is free. The ABLE Tech MOU is the first step in signing up AT Team members. The MOU is not a contract but it does create guidelines for both parties to contribute their efforts toward a common goal. The AT Team training content will focus on AT consideration and assessment. Teams will attend one full day regional training event, participate in four webinars and complete team assignments. This training plan is designed to help with the successful implementation of transforming your team’s training into daily practice! Teams will learn how to conduct an AT assessment.
Recommended Team Members: staff representing elementary, middle school, and high school special education, assessment, speech language pathologist, OT, PT, Special Education Director, technology coordinator. Upon submission of the MOU, teams will receive a welcome email and instructions for "Assignment 1" (below).
Completion of Assignments and Team Recognition: Team member participation is tracked and points earned through easy but important assignments. Participants will earn Certificates of Completion, CEUs for OTs, PTs, SLPs, recognition, and bonus achievement levels to put that training into practice.
1. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology are a nationally recognized framework designed to assist IEP teams with the consideration of assistive technology. AT Teams received QIAT content training the 2013-14 school year, and assignment 1 allows new teams to learn more about this foundational material. New AT Teams will watch three videos on the "Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology". Each team member will complete a brief quiz at the end of each video. Individual participation is tracked upon submission of each online quiz.
2. Teams will review the following two QIAT documents and then fill out the Self-Evaluation Form together. The team leader emails the self-evaluation form to email@example.com and by Sept 30. A total of 10 points can be earned for each team member.
3. ABLE Tech recommends the team leader share the self-assessment form with district administration and special education staff to inform others about the Quality Indicators for AT and how the training and resources will help the AT team support others in the district. The self-assessment score is an excellent way for teams to see the areas where improvements can be made. The ABLE Tech AT Training is a five year opportunity for teams to building upon training and build capacity. Pre and post scoring will be tracked to show growth, skill transfer, and application.
1. Team’s that participated in last year’s AT training program reviewed the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT), completed the QIAT self-evaluation form and developed a district improvement plan. For your first assignment, please email others in your district about the AT Team training and the benefits. (email template is below).
The purpose of the email is to notify other stakeholders in the district of the:
"Dear: I am writing to let you know about our district’s AT Team and our participation in the Oklahoma ABLE Tech Assistive Technology (AT) Support Team Training. The current AT team members are listed below. ABLE Tech’s AT training uses a national model, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT), which is a process to help IEP teams thoroughly consider a variety of options, including assistive technology, to help a student with educational goals. ABLE Tech is Oklahoma’s Assistive Technology Act program providing training and consultation regarding AT and accessible instructional materials ABLE Tech also manages a large, free AT trial loan program for Oklahoma’s students.
The following staff members are currently participating on our district AT Team:
Last year, we learned how the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology can be used as a framework for providing assistive technology in our district. This year, we will learn how to conduct AT assessments and will complete the process with at least one student from our district. The training will consist of a one-day in-person training plus participation in 4 webinars. Attached is our QIAT self-assessment scores and our improvement plan. If you would like more information about the training, or would like to join the team, please let me know. You can also find more information on ABLE Tech’s AT Team website. The AT Support Team wishes to serve as a resource to our district and is available to help IEP teams. Staff can always directly call ABLE Tech for assistance and/or AT device loans as well."
2. Completing the assignment for participation points (10), due by Sept 30: A designated team member can send the email to stakeholders and copy other team members. Please forward a copy of the email to ABLE Tech staff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABLE Tech suggests new team members should watch the three videos above: "Considering the need for AT in the IEP", "AT Assessment", and "Documenting AT in the IEP".
Dr. Penny Reed will work with AT Support Teams during this webinar. Penny Reed, Ph.D., is currently a private consultant. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education for more than thirty years. Much of her experience involved working with children with physical and multiple disabilities, which led to her interest in assistive technology. Dr. Reed developed and directed the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) from 1993 to 2003. She provides training across the country on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. Dr. Reed is the recipient of several awards for her work including Clinician of the Year from the Oregon Head Injury Foundation and the National Leadership Award from the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
During the Sept 9 webinar, Dr. Reed will discuss the Quality Indicators and an overview of the critical aspects of AT Consideration. A simple, easy to follow system of AT Consideration for IEP teams will be demonstrated. Teams will work with three different AT Consideration forms to decide what each team prefers and why. The webinar will end with an assignment to work with at least one district IEP team to use an effective consideration process. Teams will be asked to identify a student for whom an AT assessment referral has been made. Teams will use the ABLE Tech AT Consultation Intake Form to gather data about a student's educational needs, goals, and tasks and bring the information to the AT Training Regional Training Day (dates below).
Registration open from 9:00-9:30. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and adjourns at 3:30. This workshop will present a team-based model for completing an assistive technology assessment. It begins with a brief overview of the laws related to the provision of assistive technology services in the schools. Then an Assistive Technology Assessment process will be explained. This assessment process includes three stages: Information Gathering, Decision Making, and Trial Implementation. Specific, easy to follow forms will be provided. There will be opportunities for teams to participate in guided practice and receive feedback throughout the day. A total of 20 points can be earned for each team member.
Materials for face-to-face training $35. Each team will receive one copy of the manual, Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology. ABLE Tech will purchase a bulk manual order in order to receive a discounted price of $35. An invoice will be sent to the team primary contact. The manual includes a CD with all forms that are mentioned in the manual.
Recent Workshops: Oct 6 Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus. 13301 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City and Oct 7 Tulsa Technology Center 924 East Charles Page Boulevard, Sand Springs, OK
Thurs, Oct. 23 Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Using the resources "How Do You Know It? How Can You Show it?" Dr. Penny Reed will discuss simple and effective strategies for data collection and the circumstances where they are most effective.
Tues, Nov 18 Time 3:30-5:00
Using feedback from the AT Team Training Workshop evaluations, ABLE Tech and Dr. Penny Reed will address specific issues, presenting new information or additional resources to help the teams focus on completing their Student Assessment Form due Dec 15. Student examples, needs, and AT solutions will be presented. Dr. Reed will also discuss how to gain administrative support.
Complete assessment and submit by Dec. 15 to ABLE Tech staff email@example.com.
During the AT Team Regional Workshop teams completed the Student Assessment Group Activity. Each team used easel paper, elected a time keeper, and a note taker. This method is highly effective for IEP teams when considering the needs of the student and brainstorming supports and AT ideas to trial. Please complete this assessment for an actual student in your district and trial at least one item of AT. You should begin your assessment early to allow for trialing multiple devices if necessary.
Due Dec. 15: Please fill out the Student AT Assessment Form and email to Brenda.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For guidance filling out the Student AT Assessment Form, please refer to chapter 1 of the WATI binder you received and pages 24-26 of Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology or call ABLE Tech. You may already have an AT device in mind to try with the student or have access to an AT closet within your district. ABLE Tech recommends the following AT resources to generate ideas:
ABLE Tech Device Demo and Loan Program and borrow a device for trial. Or call ABLE Tech for suggestions. Please allow time for adequate trial length, keeping in mind that ABLE Tech may have a waiting list for a device.
A team can earn the "Achievement" level with 50 bonus points by completing two or more AT assessments at any time before June 30, 2015.
ABLE Tech will send an email invitation to teams that can be used to send to additional staff not on your AT team such as administrative staff. During the fall training workshop and follow-up webinars we have discussed the importance of administrative support for IEP teams in the consideration, assessment, and trial of assistive technology with students. This webinar will be very informative for your team but also importantly for staff outside of your AT Team.
Dr. Penny Reed will discuss the following topics: District policy example, administrative roles, AT Team roles, AT Workshop content, and ABLE Tech will present the new Oklahoma AT technical assistance guide with new guidance on IEPs, example AT policy, AT case studies, and AT case law.
Dr. Reed will troubleshoot issues and present information on strategies for systems change related to AT Consideration and Assessment.
Due by April 15: on February 19, Dr. Reed will provide instructions to teams regarding the April 15 assignment. Teams will complete 2 "Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Self-assessment" checklists: AT Consideration and AT Assessment by April 15.Teams will compare these scores to their previous scores and share results with ABLE Tech via email to email@example.com.
Teams will learn about training details for fall 2015 and have the opportunity to renew team participation for the 2015-16 school year.
Completion and Achievement Levels
Completion Level Certificate: Teams completing the above assignments (100 points) will earn the Completion Level Certificate.
Bonus Achievement Level Certificate: Teams can attain the bonus level (50 bonus points) by completing two or more AT assessments (see assignment 6 above).
District AT Library Badge: Teams can earn this badge on the AT Team website (50 bonus points) by creating an AT inventory list of assistive technology available in the school district. The purpose of the list is to share within your district so that school staff are aware of the AT available to use or try for a student. To complete this activity, please send the the list of district AT to both firstname.lastname@example.org and Kimberly.email@example.com. The list can be a document or a link to a website.
AT Team completion levels will be recognized on ABLE Tech's website! See last year's AT Team website for inspiration.