Federal law defines “assistive technology” as “...any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities.” In the school setting, assistive technology includes specialized devices and software for learning and for addressing students’ educational needs, as defined by their IEP goals: accessing the curriculum, verbal and written communication, computer access, and environmental control. Many students, for example, might benefit from technology such as a laptop. However, a laptop would be considered “assistive technology” only if it enabled the student to access specific software (across multiple settings) which addressed a particular educational need/goal on the IEP.
What is the Assistive Technology Team?
Utah Assistive Technology Teams (UATT) support school LEA's and IEP teams to evaluate, acquire, and manage assistive technology for students with disabilities.
We support and coordinate with multi-disciplinary educational and rehabilitation teams to train students, caregivers, educators, and service providers in the use of assistive technology in education and in the major life functions of students with disabilities.
The goal of the Assistive Technology Team is to provide resources and the student/staff training necessary so that students with disabilities can participate in appropriate education experiences and communicate what they know. The team is available to visit schools to talk with teachers, parents, and therapists about students in special education programs. Team members can suggest solutions, both low and high tech, to help students with the learning process.
How to receive our services?
An Assistive Technology Team Referral form must first be completed by the student's school team, signed by the principle and sent to a member of the UATT team, along with a copy of the student's current IEP.