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WE BRIDGE THE GAPS BETWEEN DISABILITIES AND EDUCATIONAL GOALS
Our AT and AAC experts help ensure that assistive technology, including iPads, apps, tablets, computers, dedicated speech generating devices, access equipment and low tech aids, will meet your students’ curriculum and Augmentative Communication needs.
Our Schools staff consists of Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistive Technology Specialists, and they will work collaboratively with your school team to identify effective solutions and support the student in reaching their goals.
We assist school staff with the following:
Determining the most appropriate Augmentative Communication devices, including both dedicated devices as well as tablet-based solutions and apps
Selecting and arranging vocabulary, as well as improving language and interaction skills, for students communicating with assistive technology
Utilizing high and low technology to improve comprehension, organization and behavior via visual supports, schedules and organizational apps
Integrating devices and apps into the classroom curriculum and your students’ IEPs
Determining which adaptations (e.g., switches, mounts) provide the most effective and efficient access to technology for students with physical or sensory disabilities
Identifying assistive technology solutions to help Transition age students achieve greater independence as they prepare to leave high school
Do you have students with expressive communication and comprehension needs? Request an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Evaluation or Consultation
Do you have students with technology access and educational technology needs? Request an Assistive Technology (AT) Evaluation for Curriculum Access
We offer assessments, consultations and training tailored to your students’ developmental and educational needs.
Schedule a student for an assessment:
Assistive Technology Evaluations mainly support curriculum access. Students who have difficulties with language, learning, reading, or handwriting, benefit from AT evaluations; the AT specialists will frequently recommend apps or software programs that will read out loud, help the students with organizing their thoughts, etc.
Augmented and Alternative Communication Evaluations focus on functional communication. Students who have difficulty with speech and communication will benefit from AAC recommendations, such as “low tech” solutions such as a letter board, or something as sophisticated as an eye gaze communication device.
The Easterseals Massachusetts Augmentative Communication (AAC) Program provides comprehensive evaluation and consultation services to children and adults who are non-speaking or otherwise having difficulty using their speech for communication.
This program provides access to low interest cash loans for the purchase of assistive devices and services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities with disabilities as well as assistance with obtaining AT devices. Click for more.
People with and without disabilities and their families can see, touch, learn and borrow assistive technology devices to make more informed decisions regarding the technology that will meet their needs. Click for more.