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?
AT Trainers follow the principles of the Student, Environment, Task, Tools (SETT) Framework to identify least restrictive individual 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.
How is Assistive Technology documented in the IEP?
Please reference this document to better understand how AT is documented in the IEP.
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 August 24, 2015