Demystifying Assistive Technology

Could I Already Be Implementing AT?

Educators provide accommodations for their students that allow them to accomplish school-related tasks. Without realizing it, these educators are providing supports that could qualify as AT.  Some examples might be:

  • Graphic organizers
  • Closed captioning
  • Visual timers and schedules

Watch this video to hear more about these and other simple accommodations and tools that are often implemented without being thought of as “AT.”


What IS Assistive Technology?

The world of assistive technology contains a tremendous amount of resources and tools that are available to your students. 

  • How does the law define assistive technology tools and services?
  • What qualifies as assistive technology?

Watch this video to get answers to these questions and more, in order to get started on your AT Journey.

5 AT Myths: Debunked!

There are many misconceptions surrounding assistive technology. In this video, we take the following 5 myths about AT and aim to debunk them by uncovering the truth.

1. Myth:  AT is cheating or gives students an unfair advantage
2. Myth: AT will prevent students from learning
3. Myth: AT is always expensive
4. Myth: AT is only considered at the annual IEP meeting
5. Myth: Only an AT specialist can consider, select, and/or implement assistive technology

(Spoiler alert: All of these statements are false!)

Stay In Touch

The Alt+Shift newsletter provides updates on our professional learning opportunities, informs readers of upcoming events, and highlights resources for people who work with students with disabilities.