Trends in Assistive Technology

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					Assistive Technology
 Competencies for
     Jami Goetz
 School of Education
University of Colorado,
Developed in collaboration with

Assistive Technology Partners
   University of Colorado Health
         Sciences Center
    PEAK Parent Center
1. Express and understanding of laws, regulations, and current trends related to
    assistive technology devices and services.
2. Set up a classroom technology program including integration into the
    curriculum and budgetary constraints.
3. Adapt technology and materials for teaching the school skills of reading,
    spelling, handwriting, language arts, math, science, and social studies.
4. Use multimedia, networks and telecommunications for developing educational
    programs for students with disabilities.
5. Identify trends and resources which will influence the future of assistive
6. Operate at least 10 assistive technology devices, including, alternative access
    technology options.
7. Learn to identify assistive technology resources within the community.
8. Evaluate available technology applications.
9. Implement assistive technology devices and services within the classroom.
10. Identify at least 4 primary categories of impairment (hearing, vision, mobility,
    and communication) and potential technology access solutions.
11. Express understanding of a variety of access issues confronting persons with
    disabilities including print access, literacy access: & physical (positioning,
    range of motion, fine motor movements) and cognitive access.
12. Implement assistive technology devices and services for students with hearing,
    vision and sensory impairments.
13. Provide focused feedback to students, families and support personnel on the
    benefits and limitations of assistive technology for students with sensory
14. Identify and provide adaptations for daily life for students with sensory
15. Identify ways to overcome print barriers through magnification, Braille and
    auditory information
16. Identify students who might benefit from an assistive technology evaluation.
17. Actively participate in the referral process.
18. Counsel families about the need for assistive technology assessments and/or
19. Participate as an active team member in the evaluation process.
20. Identify those technologies that should be evaluated with a particular student.
21. Actively assist in the write-up of evaluation strategies and results.
22. Counsel families about the evaluation results.
23. Assist team members with AAC assessment and evaluation strategies
24. Implement AAC intervention strategies.
25. Operate a variety of AAC devices.
26. Assist team members and families with environmental survey.
27. Assist team members and families with vocabulary selection.
28. Assist team members and families with implementation strategies.
29. Identify and implement curricular modifications for students utilizing AAC
    devices and services.
30. Predict the effect of assistive technology applications in the classroom.
31. Implement assistive technology devices and services within the classroom.
32. Assist support staff in implementing assistive technology programs within the
33. Analyze student performance with assistive technology and select specific
    targets for growth.
34. Facilitate the use of technology in a school-wide program.
35. Demonstrate high expectations for student achievement with the use of
    assistive technology.
36. Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of parents regarding their child's
    technology needs.
37. Design and implement evaluation procedures that provide ongoing data for
    decision making.
38. Plan for longitudinal development of skills through real life activities.
39. Learn to work with State Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
40. Develop transitional plans relative to assistive technology and the world of
41. Develop realistic vocational expectations among participating family members
    and students with low incidence disabilities.
42. Implement modification plans for existing workstations for students with
43. Learn how to arrange for work experiences for students with disabilities in the
44. Conduct environmental assessment for identifying appropriate assistive
    technology for recreational activities.
46. Work with parents and family members on selecting recreational activities.
47. Demonstrate methods for integrating recreational technology into the
48. Identify assistive technology resources for recreation in the community.
49. Provide recreation adaptations for mobility and sensory.
50. Identify and recommend low end/less expensive technology adaptations for
    recreation and leisure activities.

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