The mission of the GWAEA Assistive Technology (AT) Team is to provide educators with the knowledge to consider and make appropriate decisions regarding accessibility and assistive technology tools to facilitate independence and meaningful life outcomes for all learners in our AEA area. Grant Wood AEA empowers each learner with the accessibility and assistive technologies that ensure a culture of inclusivity, equity and improve student achievement and outcomes.
Want to get the conversation started around Assistive Technology(AT)? Do you know a student who could benefit from or may need assistive technology support or services?Your building’s core team can help! Every district in Grant Wood AEA also has AT team members to support building core teams in designing accommodations that best match learner accessibility needs. Contact us!
What is Assistive Technology?
The Iowa Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) 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 the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. It should be noted, the term does not include medical devices surgically implanted (or the replacement of such device).
- EAT Webcast
- Building Bridges AT Conference
- Visit the Professional Learning website for upcoming opportunities.
State Department of Education Resources
- Iowa Department of Education Assistive Technology page
- How AT Connects to AIM – from the Iowa/DE website
- Handbook: Determining Supports for Learning and Performance for All Students – from the Iowa Department of Education, May 2019