Assistive Technology Consultation
Augmentative Communication Consultation
Assistive technology equipment should be described in general, non-specific terms under the “Supplementary Aids/Services; Modifications; Accommodations” section when the student has access to the equipment on a long-term basis.
**DO NOT NAME SPECIFIC TOOLS OR DEVICES**
The following are some examples of how to describe equipment:
Contact your AT or AAC consultant or our office at email@example.com. If a student has Occupational Therapy Services on the IEP, the OT at the school is the first contact for AT.
Students need to have an IEP or 504 plan to try equipment from our loan library.
No. An IEP/504 team can access items in the loan library for any student with an IEP or 504 Plan.
Yes, while a student attends a PPS school. A “Long Term Loan Application” needs to be submitted to, and approved by, the Assistive Technology Review Committee (ATRC).
The Assistive Technology team provides short-term loans of assistive technology (AT) and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) tools for individual students. The short-term loan period is forty school days. During the short-term loan period, the school team should take data to measure how the technology is helping the student make progress toward his or her IEP goals. If data suggests that AT is necessary for the student, the team may apply for a long term loan. The application is reviewed by the Assistive Technology Review Committee (ATRC) and, if approved, the student will have access to that equipment for as long as s/he needs it and is enrolled in Portland Public Schools.
You can find frequently used educational modifications and assistive technology solutions by clicking on the Strategies for Students webpage. In considering assistive technology, the team will want to determine the specific tasks that the student has difficulty with, and have an understanding of what has previously been tried and what is currently being used (what worked, what didn’t).
Any IEP team member (including general education teachers) may take data on the student’s use of assistive technology.
Our loan library supports individual students.
These are on our website. Navigate to the site as described in #8 above. Then select the “Forms” link.
The “Privately Owned Equipment” form must be completed before the student can use privately owned equipment at school. Contact your AAC consultant for help or access to this form. Once the form is completed, it needs to be attached to the student’s IEP.
No. However, if it is determined that the student needs assistive technology, the “yes” box should be checked.