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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) can be defined 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 individuals with disabilities. (29 U.S.C. Sec 2202(2)). Region 7 supports local school districts by providing consultation services and technical assistance on assistive technology that help students access the general curriculum.

Region 7 AT Work

Request for Technical Assistance
Technical assistance can be provided through email, telephone conversations, video conferencing, and/or onsite visits.  Contact Jill Beall, Special Education Specialist at jbeall@esc7.net or call 903.988.6765.\\Requests for on-site consultation specific to a student should be made through email to Jill Beall.  Please secure permission from the special education director and campus principal prior to on-site technical assistance.

Request for Professional Development and Training
Requests for training in all areas of assistive technology should be directed to Jill Beall.  Requests should be made through the special education director, district AT manager, and/or campus administrator.  Training of assistive technology issues may include legal requirements, evaluation, the consideration process, supports for reading and writing, augmentative communication, device selection, and implementation of AT devices within the school setting.

Request for AT Item Checkout
Region 7 has a limited inventory of assistive technology items available for checkout to districts within our region.  Loaning AT items allows school personnel an opportunity to try various devices with students to ensure the suitability of a particular device to the individual needs of a student before purchasing.  Call or email Jill Beall for information to the availability of AT items.