What is the LCPS Assistive Technology (AT) Team?
The Assistive Technology Team of Loudoun County Public Schools is comprised of professionals from multiple disciplines including teachers, speech-language pathologists, and occupational therapists. The Assistive Technology Supervisor, Trainers, and support personnel provide collaborative assistance to schools, students, and members of the IEP team. Assistive Technology Trainers are assigned to provide services within each LCPS school.
The Loudoun County Public Schools’ Assistive Technology Team functions as part of the Office of Special Education. Assistive Technology (AT) is federally mandated for all students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) by requiring that IEP teams consider the student’s needs for assistive technology devices and services in order to ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
The Assistive Technology Team works to integrate with other services that the student receives. Training and support to ensure that AT services are effectively integrated into the student’s curriculum may be provided by any member of the IEP team.
How is Assistive Technology considered within the IEP?
The consideration for Assistive Technology is discussed at every IEP meeting when the IEP team reflects on what accommodations are necessary to ensure that the student receives FAPE. Within the Special Considerations section of the IEP, the need for Assistive Technology devices and services is determined through one of the following:
What does the continuum of supports by the LCPS Assistive Technology Team include?
Supports within Level 1 are provided countywide in accordance with the principles of the Universal Design for Learning Framework by offering options in educating and training students, staff, and parents in strategies for integrating tools and strategies presently available within the school environment to meet educational goals. Examples of those supports include the Strategy-A-Day calendar, the AT Lending Library, face-to-face and multimedia based professional development, and more.
Supports within Level 2 are classroom specific. Examples include collaboration with educators, conducting classroom evaluations, and training of students and staff. Collaborating with the AT Trainers can occur in person, by phone, or through digital means (email, etc.). The AT Trainer may recommend a classroom evaluation to provide strategies, equipment, and/or classroom modifications for use in the classroom. Any educator (who has at least two students receiving special education support in a single environment) can request an AT classroom evaluation. AT Trainers follow the principles of the Student, Environment, Task, Tools (SETT) Framework to identify least restrictive Level 2 supports.
Supports within Level 3 identify potential strategies and tools to assist individual students who demonstrate difficulty achieving specific educational goals. This includes students receiving special education services and students receiving accommodations outlined within a 504 plan. The educational team (i.e. IEP team / 504 committee, etc.) must consider whether the strategies, accommodations, and modifications that are currently in place to support the student are meeting the student's educational needs or if the student may need other supports. Best practice dictates that the educational team collaborate with the AT Trainer as the first step in obtaining Level 3 supports. Collaborating with the AT Trainer can occur in person, by phone, or through digital means (email, etc.). The IEP team/ 504 committee may choose to email the AT Trainer during the meeting to initiate collaboration.
Collaborating with the AT Trainer results in one of the following:
AT Trainers follow the principles of the Student, Environment, Task, Tools (SETT) Framework to identify least restrictive Level 3 supports. Recommendations made by an AT Trainer may be added as accommodations within the IEP. If the IEP team / 504 committee determines that a student requires a support recommended by an AT Trainer to ensure FAPE, the team / committee is then responsible for implementation of the recommendation(s) as outlined in the Accommodations section of the IEP/504 Plan. The team / committee determines the location, setting, and amount of time/frequency for each accommodation. The AT Trainer works with the team / committee to acquire, design, customize and/or adapt those supports. The AT Trainer may be responsible for training school staff, students, parents and/or guardians. It is the responsibility of the IEP team / 504 committee to notify the AT Trainer if supports are not working properly.
Can Assistive Technology be used on Standardized Tests?
For information about the use of accommodations on standardized tests, please visit http://bit.ly/accountabilityguide. Accommodations required for standardized testing must have the “Type” listed in the IEP as both “Instructional” and “Testing”. The school testing coordinators are the best resource for all updated guidelines from the VDOE.
Can students keep Assistive Technology devices upon leaving the school district?
Pursuant to Virginia code 22.1-129.1, Loudoun County Public Schools considers the transfer (loan, donation, lease or sale) of AT devices on a case by case basis for students in special education exiting the school district. If you would like to request a transfer, submit an email or letter to the AT Trainer which contains the following information at least 30 calendar days before the projected exit date:
An AT Trainer or designee will respond to your request within 30 calendar days.
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Last Modified on March 14, 2014