IDEA 2004 laws mandate the school system’s responsibility to provide assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities. Consideration of assistive technologies is a required part of the IEP process, but educational teams need support for this process. AT4Kids can help!
COST: District contracts are all-inclusive, meaning there are no fees for any service. Teachers and team members may call for support at any time. If you are outside of our districts, please contact us for a quote.
Assistive Technologies can be useful to address a wide range of needs:
- LEARNING DISABILITIES – Classroom, curriculum and assessment accommodations
- PHYSICAL DISABILITIES – Environmental and task adaptations to support independence with access to the school and the curriculum
- COMMUNICATION NEEDS – Assistance with evaluating/addressing the alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) needs of students with communication disorders
STUDENT CONSULTATIONS: Have a specific question or just need ideas to help with a student? Give us a call. We are able to visit classrooms for observations to provide recommendations and support without formal assessment.
CLASSROOM SCREENINGS: We strongly believe in the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and are able to provide onsite support for recommendations that create global classroom changes for the benefit of all students.
IEP CONSIDERATION: Our knowledgeable staff are available to participate with the ‘consideration’ process during IEP team meetings and offer guidance for selection of appropriate tools, strategies and interventions.
INDIVIDUAL STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Our RESNA certified staff will work collaboratively with the child’s team to complete a formal AT assessment to address identified areas of need. At4Kids will provide devices from our lending inventory for classroom trials, assist with procurement of all tools/technologies, and provide training for staff, student, and family members to assure classroom implementation and carryover. (parental permission is required)
STAFF TRAINING: AT4Kids can provide professional development support on a 1:1 basis, in small groups, or district-wide. In addition, AT4Kids routinely hosts large-scale training events on a range of educational topics across the state.
For general assistance or to request consultations/screenings, simply contact the AT Center by email (addresses below) or by phone (865) 458-8900.
STUDENT ASSESSMENT REFERRAL PROCESS for team members requesting direct assistance with a specific student need
- Print and complete the “AT REQUEST FOR EVALUATION FORM”.
- Send completed form to your Special Education Supervisor for approval.
- After this has been approved and faxed by the central office to us, we will contact you with directions for gathering student information and set up a date/time for our initial visit.
- Complete all parts of the “STUDENT INTAKE PACKET,” which includes a parent permission form.
All forms are available on the website www.ltvec.org, but a copy of each has been included in this classroom packet.
AT4Kids provides assistive technology assessment services for any eligible student refereed to the AT Center at LTVEC.
AT4Kids provides training in the use of assistive technology devices and professional development training for educators.
AT4Kids provides a lending library of assistive technology devices that eligible students can use during devise trials.
MEET OUR TEAM…
Janice Reese, M.Ed., OT/L, ATP
RESNA certified AT Specialist
Janice has more than 30 years’ experience in occupational therapy and assistive technology. She has served as director of the ATC since 2002 and is coordinator for the TN-Talks AAC project for districts in the Upper and Mid-Cumberland regions.
Lisa Hale, M.S.
Retired Teacher, AT Specialist
Lisa retired from teaching special education after 25 years and began working with the ATC in 2018, sharing her passion and expertise with classroom accommodations for learning.
Rebecca Hofman, B.S.
Assistive Technology Assistant
Rebecca, our “tech-support extraordinaire,” is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Assistive Technology from Bowling Green State University.