Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000


The following information is relevant to assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Use the links below to jump to each category.

Organizations`      Resources      Vendors      Funding      Workshops

CEC - Council for Exceptional Children is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and/or the gifted.
ISAAC - The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication's mission is to improve communication and the quality of life for people with severe communication disorders.
OSEP - Office of Special Education Programs contains information on IDEA, grants, training and information.
OTAP - Oregon Technology Access Program provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities.
USSAAC - United States Society for Alternative and Augmentative Communication is an organization that addresses the needs of persons who are either severly speech impaired or unable to speak.
Vocational Transition


AAC RERC - The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement promotes AAC technology.
AAC Institute - This site is dedicated to advancing the communication of people who rely on AAC.
AAC Intervention - This site features practical intervention products and ideas.
Ability Hub - This site features adaptive equipment and alternative methods for accessing computers.
ACOLUG - Augmentative communication on-line users group
Barkley Augmentative and Alternative Communication Center - The University of Nebraska hosts this site which contains device tutorials, vocabulary lists and other resources.
Center on Disabilities - at California State University, Northridge.
Closing the Gap - Computer Technology in Special Education and Rehabilitation
Disability Solutions - An on-line newsletter for families and others interested in Down Syndrome and related disabilities.
Dynavox Exchange Page - This site features pre-programmed pages for the DynaVox family of Augmentative and Alternative
Communication (AAC) devices and software and are offered free for client use.
Gateway to Language and Learning - Materials specific to the Gateway language page sets, handouts from workshops and other AAC materials by Joan Bruno, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Learning Disabilities Resources - contains resources for the learning disability community.
NCIP - National Center to Improve Practices in Special Education Through Technology, Media and Materials
O.A.S.I.S. - contains online information and support for Asperger Syndrome.
Picture Planner - Icon based personal planning software.
Project Gutenberg - the internet's oldest producer of free electronic books, eBooks or etexts. This site contains more than 10,000 titles.
RFB&D - Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Technology Integration - This site lists selected links to assistive technology and augmentative communication resources for children with disabilities.
Special Education Technology Center - State of Washington assists school districts with the special technology needs of children.
Spotlight on Voice Recognition - contains research on utilizing speech recognition technology with secondary students.
UW Augcomm - This educational website has been developed through the collaborative efforts of University of Washington faculty and regional clinical experts in AC.
Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) - contains materials, research articles, assessment forms and other resources.


Zygo Industries, Inc.

Funding for Technology

School funding

Districts are responsible for finding the resources to make the appropriate assistive technology available to students for educational needs. The school district owns the equipment and loans it to the student. Access Services facilitates this in Portland Public Schools for individual students with IEPs. See Loan Library for information about short and long-term loan of equipment and materials.

Other funding sources

In some cases, it may be determined that it is in the best interest of the student to own the assistive technology device and the team may want to pursue outside funding sources. This option may be considered for the following reasons:
  • The student is transitioning to adult services. For more information regarding student transition please contact the PPS Transition Services Program
  • The student wants to use the assistive technology outside the educational environments.
  • The student/family wants to personally own the device.

Upcoming National and Local Inservices and Workshops:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - Annual Conference

ASHA Division 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) - Annual Conference

California State University Northridge (CSUN) - Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference

Closing the Gap - Annual Conference

Columbia Regional Program - Trainings & Events Calendar for Educators

Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) - Trainings

Technology Reading & Learning Diversity (TRLD) - Annual Conference