Legally Defensible AT/AAC Assessments Digital Handouts
Legally Defensible AT/AAC Reports Digital Handouts
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Report Format Template: This is the report format that I teach with all of the components. Feel free to edit or add legal language.
Report Format Template with Directions: This is the same template with notes for where to find information and some questions
to ask yourself as you assess.
Ventura County Format EXAMPLE is the blank format template
An example of adding lots of legal language to the report. VC’s lawyer recommended the addition of this language. Nice example of how report formats can vary. I’d prefer to add the longer portions to the last page of the report if necessary as it takes a page and a half of the report and interrupts the flow. I included it to help you make your own decisions about what is vital and where it goes in the report.
AAC Report Example#1: A nicely written AAC Report using the Ventura County format
AAC Report Example #2 An AAC example of a 2nd grade Student
AT Complete #1 Example of AT for Curriculum Access Assessment, very clear, great use of examples. Recommendation are broken down in a very clear format.
AT Complete #2 Example of an AT Curriculum Access Assessment with nice use of charts and examples. AT not recommended.
Device take home agreement. This is an example of a districts’ wording for take home as a reference if you don’t have one. Be certain to check to see if your district has an acceptable use policy. This is more general and cover use of all district technology in school as well as outside of school if students generally take technology tools home.
Take the Pencil Out of the Process. This article is older but really helps raise awareness about the amount of energy/processing it takes for students with ASD to write.
Mark Prensky Blog Article is older but still helpful. He divides folks into digital natives and digital immigrants. Excellent article, these terms are frequently used to describe those of us who did not grow up with technology and those who do.
IPAD Apps 8-8-14 is shared by Miriam Brock, AT for Santa Monica Malibu Schools, she has shared this list for anyone who can use it. I find list on many websites and they too are helpful. I like the compact nature of this list. If you would like to contact her or thank her, her email is email@example.com
Maryland Assistive Technology 5 Steps This is a nice example of the steps of the assessment process
Math Options I am a huge proponent of the QIAT list. (Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology) www.QIAT.org the website has some guides for AT but the listserve is a national group of ATs and I loved asking questions & getting ideas from other ATs. Math options are often difficult to find and this AT offered a beautiful description of what she uses and for what purpose. ShelleyHaven@TECHPOTENTIAL.NET is a very generous AT who often shares on the list serve. She is also a gem to contact.
Note Taking Apps list gives a few ideas of what apps are available & how they might be used.
Options for Note Taking from QIAT Members is a compilation of recommendations on this topic which I found very useful.
Sample IEP Goals for Literacy is from a book before Common Core, however the format is what I recommend for IEP goals rather than a goal for use of a specific device.
SETT Framework is a PowerPoint presentation on (Student/Environment/Task and Tools) format very commonly used in AT Assessments Nationally.
SR Guide What a generous find! SR is Speech Recognition. This guide by Kelly Key and Daniel Cochrane is one of a kind. It was shared free on the QIAT list and they have given me permission to share it freely. If you want to download more copies go to bit.ly/srguide It takes you step by step through the evaluation and implementation process to use speech recognition software or apps. A MUST HAVE for every AT.
When Making Recommendations is a worksheet I developed to help consider each area of recommendations and options.
Other Recommended Tools for Curriculum Access not included due to copyright:
I recommend you also consider the new DeCoste Writing Protocol from Don Johnston, Inc. it is a $25 download and is more complete when looking at multiple areas of written output. I add having the student dictate TO ME in order to assess how much they have to say and if the language is richer with dictation.
Protocol for Accommodations in Reading/PAR (Denise DeCoste) a free download from Don Johnston. It includes leveled reading passages which are aligned with common core.
Ways I may be able to help you....
If you need any of these slides or other information to give your own workshop in your district please email and I’ll do my best to share with you. I’ll assume you are not using them for commercial purposes.
- Planning & Organizing
I’m happy to come to your district/SELPA and work with you to develop an AT Plan. I do not charge for this meeting, generally about 2 hours. Decision makers come together and we discuss your starting point. I share various models I have seen or developed with districts to give you an idea what you might do.
These meeting are NOT a marketing tool. I enjoy hearing what challenges districts are working with in So Cal and sharing what I know to help get you started. I do it because I am committed to AT.
I also do similar meetings, at no charge, with districts considering UDL implementation.
- Hosted Workshops
All of my Workshops are for small groups. Consider hosting one, with no risk.
I also do Workshops for a set fee if for a specific district.
Susan@SusanSimmons.com www.SusanSimmons.com 626-298-1111