Mandated by federal law, school systems must now “consider” assistive technology in the planning process when addressing the academic needs of children with disabilities. Although many districts across the state of Tennessee have formally adopted policies and procedures to guide the implementation of assistive technology within their particular school system, the State Department of Education has not.
In an effort to offer guidance, Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology has created a uniform set of terms, definitions, and descriptions, as well as general policies and procedures to support consistency with the use of assistive technologies in the educational setting. These policies are intended to support, not replace those adopted by individual districts.
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The Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology (TAAT) offers up-to-date information and resources about AT and provides professional development opportunities for assistive technology providers. For over a decade, TAAT has been holding an annual conference in Franklin, Tennessee covering all aspects of AT in the educational setting, including new strategies and information, practical ideas, and the latest tools and trends in AT for use in the classroom.
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The Tennessee Talks grant allows schools to receive free support from assistive technology (AT) specialists working with the school teams. These specialists meet schools and students where they are – assessing the need for technology supports and connecting students with appropriate Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.
AT4Kids is in the process of posting all the amazing materials that we have been using for years with our kids at the AT Center onto our Teachers Pay Teachers store. Due to all the formatting, this is a slow process, so please be patient with us! If there is something that you are interested in using that we do not have posted to the TPT store yet, please contact us. In the meantime, these are some of our favorite sellers and resources:
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