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Physical Access - Tier 3

Tier 3 targets the students with the most complex physical access needs. At Tier 3 identified needs have not been adequately met through access to available basic Physical Access Tools and Strategies (Tier 1) or additional strategies and trials with available equipment Tier 2. Students may now require a specialized evaluation to determine individual physical access needs. They may also require additional follow-up and technical interventions to support recommended technology. At Tier 3, the teacher, along with other specialists, as appropriate, works collaboratively with the AT Specialist to complete an evaluation of needs and identify the technology and services needed to support the student. They may develop an Implementation Plan to support recommended technology over time. Using the roles and responsibilities guidelines below, the evaluation is conducted and the IEP Team decides what technology will be provided and how the technology will be implemented. In some cases, long term trials may be required along with ongoing assessment.  

Roles and Responsibilities
IEP Team
Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Support the AT evaluation with data collection and monitoring of trials with technology 
  • Participate in trainings 
  • Identify student needs and preferences for tools/devices 
  • Support ongoing student use of tools/devices 
  • Continue data collection 
  • Follow district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment 
  • Contact AT Specialist for assistance
  • Contact 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
  • Write AT supports and equipment into IEP Special Factors 
  • Implement suggested Physical Access Tools and Strategies (Tier 3)
  • Collaborate with Site Level Team to complete the AT assessment
  • Attend IEP meetings, as needed, to report assessment results
  • Help secure equipment for assessment trials
  • Help develop and coordinate the Implementation Plan
  • Explore funding options
  • Assist in the ordering of equipment
  • Support training
  • Assist in troubleshooting and repair of equipment, as needed

Assessment and Follow-up
  • Guided by data collected in Tiers 1 and 2, the assistive technology specialist and IEP team members will identify personalized technology tools and strategies that may better support the student's needs. Assessment procedures will focus on the student, the environment, and the tasks and may include observations, direct assessment measures, and technology trials.
  • Determine student's accessibility skills, needs, optimal method of access (e.g., switch type, location)
  • Utilize WATI Student Information Guide to collect information and data
  • Follow Implementation Plan as agreed on by the team
  • Continue AT trials as needed