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About the Guide

Historically, assistive technology (AT) services in San Diego County Schools have been provided through processes developed by individual school districts or consortiums. While many county students have received assistive technology services and equipment through these processes, it is believed that many more could benefit. According to special education technology researcher, Dave Edyburn (2004), "Given the federal mandate in IDEA ...there is little evidence to suggest that all students who could benefit from assistive technology have access to appropriate devices and services."

As San Diego County Schools build 21st century learning environments and include Universal Design for Learning (UDL), more students with IEP's will be supported within their classroom environments and the need for "specially designed" technology (aka Assistive Technology) will be reduced. This does not reduce the need for assistive technology services, however. These services and supports are outlined in this AT Guide developed by the San Diego County Assistive Technology Task Force (SDATTF).

This guide outlines a systematic approach to identifying technology supports for students with specialized needs. It is our belief that these needs are best identified by those most familiar with the student at the school site level. In order for site level teams to make good, informed decisions about technology supports for students, a detailed process was developed and designed to be implemented countywide. This guide was designed on a three-tiered model, similar to RTI (Response to Intervention). Within this model, it is expected that 80% of student needs will be met at Tier 1 using tools and strategies that all teachers have available and can readily implement. The remaining 20% of students will require more specialized technology provided through Tier 2 and Tier 3 of this AT Guide.

By providing tools for data-driven decision making and access to research-based interventions, IEP teams will be guided through the assistive technology consideration process. Using the simple SETT Framework, teachers will learn to consider the student, the environment, and the tasks when looking for appropriate tools to support learning. Through training and consultation, Assistive Technology Specialists will support school site teams to provide more effective services to students.