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Physical Access - Tier 2

At Tier 2, teachers identify individual students whose physical access needs are not being met by use of Universal Design for Learning Principles (UDL) and the basic tools and strategies made available in Tier 1. Using the data collected in Tier 1, teachers target physical access needs and barriers that require further supports and strategies. Within the Tier 2 process, the team will begin the trial use of more specialized equipment and gather data about the effectiveness of the equipment trials. Using the roles and responsibility guideline below, AT Specialists consult with site level teams to guide selection of appropriate equipment for access, provide equipment for trial, and support implementation.


Roles and Responsibilities
IEP Team
Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Identifies specific needs
  • Contacts AT Specialist for assistance
  • Contacts other professionals, e.g., OT, PT, APE, physician, Orthopedically Impaired/Physically Handicapped Specialist, audiologist, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist, Visually Impaired Specialist, as needed, for further information and assistance
  • Provides data from Tier 1 tools/strategies trialed 
  • Accesses training resources
  • Implements appropriate Physical Access Tools and Strategies (Tier 2) based on consultation from AT Specialist
  • Collects data on newly implemented strategies or equipment
  • Writes AT supports and equipment in IEP Special Factors based on successful trials
  • Follows district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment
  • Support trials with technology
  • Provide access to training for specific tools, software, and devices
  • Model use of low-tech and mid-tech strategies and supports
  • Follow district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment
  • Provide information and resources regarding AT
  • Provide data collection forms for devices/strategies

 Data Collection


I've tried the Physical Access Tools and Strategies (Tier 2), but my student needs more support.
If so, please click on Physical Access Tier 3.