AT and materials for individual students:
The Assistive Technology Team (AT Team) provides short-term loans of assistive technology and materials for individual students. Teachers may request short-term loans of equipment to try with students with IEP’s. The short-term loan period is forty school days or approximately two months. Additionally, the AT team offers some reference & demonstration curriculum materials for short-term check-out.
See short-term loan resources for a description of the equipment and materials available for use.
During the short-term loan or trial period, the teacher/therapist should assess the benefits and success of the technology with the student. If data suggests that AT is beneficial for the student, the teacher/therapist may apply for long-term loan on behalf of the student. The application is reviewed by the Assistive Technology Review Committee (ATRC), which then gives a recommendation, based on the supplied supporting data, to the IEP Team whether to approve or not approve the AT for long term use. If the IEP team approves a long-term loan, the student will have access to that equipment for as long as s/he needs it and is enrolled in Portland Public Schools.
AT for the classroom:
School teams are also encouraged to research assistive technology options and consider how these tools might support instruction for their students in the classroom as a whole.