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Assistive Technology Services

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PREP provides a variety of Assistive Technology programs and services to students identified with a disability across five school districts in our region:  Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, and Nelson County Public School Districts.

What is Assistive Technology?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines Assistive Technology (AT) as both a device and a service.  PREP Assistive Technology Handbook 2018-2019

What is an Assistive Technology Device?
IDEA states that an AT device is 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 a child with a disability. 

PREP considers an AT device to be any item that assists a student to be more independent and maintain or improve their capacity to meet their educational goals.  This item can be purchased from a special catalog or off the self, and modified or adapted as long as it improves the function of the student towards attaining school goals in reading, writing, math, attention, behavior, communication, recreation, mobility or self-help skills.  There is a continuum of AT devices from low to high tech.

What is an Assistive Technology Service?
Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an Assistive Technology device. 

Who Delivers Assistive Technology Services?
PREP employs two (2) AT Facilitators who work with school teams to employ various AT supports.

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What AT services does PREP provide?

  • Consultation: Consultative services include answering questions about AT, teaching team members how to select, use and integrate AT, and troubleshoot problems. Consultation is individualized to meet the specific needs, level of technology experience and learning style of the team member and student.
  • Team Assessments: Assessments provide a procedure for the team to solve more complex challenges related to a specific student’s AT needs. The AT facilitators guide the team using the SETT Framework, providing support at each stage of the process, as required.
  • District Team Collaboration and Support:  PREP sponsors the Development Initiative Group for Assistive Technology (DIG-AT) which consists of representatives from each district who are interested in using assistive technology and instructional technology to meet the needs of all students. This is an ideal format for district AT team members to receive ongoing training, support and collaboration with PREP and T-TAC specialists, as well as staff from neighboring district teams.
  • Training: PREP sponsors a variety of AT trainings related to devices and services throughout the school year. Trainings can be customized to meet the needs of a school district or developed on relevant topics that apply across districts. Trainings are provided by both PREP staff members and outside experts in the field.
  • Lending Library: PREP maintains a lending library consisting of devices and software for loan to participating school districts. This library allows teams to use AT devices for a trial period to determine if it can be effective prior to making a purchase.  A loan also enables teachers to learn about software or devices to determine if it would be appropriate for students.  Access to the PREP Lending Library is for  PREP staff and cooperating school district staff only.