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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Program Supports & Services

Assistive technology (AT) is 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.
 
 
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AT Loan Library

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 Stacey Perkins for information to the availability of AT items.
 
 

Contact Us

Early Childhood
 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970
 
 

High Incidence Disabilities
 
Stacey Perkins, M.A.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6911
 
 

Low Incidence Disabilities
 
Jenny Montalvo, M.Ed.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6975
 
 

Visual Impairments
 
Cheryl Schulik, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
[email protected]
903.988.6903

PEIMS Guidance

PEIMS Coding Guidance for Assistive Technology Indicator

School districts in Texas are required to collect and report information to the Public Information Management System (PEIMS). If a student with a disability receives assistive technology devices or services that are included in the IEP, the PEIMS assistive technology indicator should be coded affirmatively. Click on the link below to access AT codes:

Contact Us

Early Childhood
 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970
 

High Incidence Disabilities
 
Stacey Perkins, M.A.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6911
 

Low Incidence Disabilities
 
Jenny Montalvo, M.Ed.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6975
 

Visual Impairments
 
Cheryl Schulik, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
[email protected]
903.988.6903

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance can be provided through email, telephone conversations, video conferencing, and/or onsite visits by contacting the Special Education Specialists shown below. Requests for on-site consultation specific to a student should be made through email. Please secure permission from the special education director and campus principal prior to on-site technical assistance.
 
Helpful Links
 
SETT Scaffold for Gathering Data-Annotated
 
 
Contact Us
 
Early Childhood
 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970
 
High Incidence Disabilities
 
Stacey Perkins, M.A.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6911
 
Low Incidence Disabilities
 
Jenny Montalvo, M.Ed.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6975
 
Visual Impairments
 
Cheryl Schulik, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
[email protected]
903.988.6903

Resources

 

Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology

 

                   Legal References           

 

SETT Framework by Joy Zabala

 

WATI

 

QIAT

 

Reading and Writing Supports

Bookshare.org

Learning Ally

Tar Heel Reader

Read and Write  Extension for Chrome

JAWS

Immersive Reader

Speech-to-text for Google Docs https://support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226?hl=en

Chromebook Accessibility Features https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/177893?hl=en

UDL Tech Toolkit

SnapType

 

Communication Supports

Project Core 

ASHA and AAC

Inclusion in Texas-Assistive Technology

 

 

Contact Us

 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970

Vendors

Assistive Technology Vendors/Products

Region 7 does not endorse any particular vendor or product. The listed vendors are for informational purposes only. Besides product information, many of the vendor websites also include articles, ideas, training, and free downloads. 
 
 

Contact Us

Early Childhood
 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970
 

High Incidence Disabilities
 
Stacey Perkins, M.A.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6911
 

Low Incidence Disabilities
 
Jenny Montalvo, M.Ed.
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6975
 

Visual Impairments
 
Cheryl Schulik, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
[email protected]
903.988.6903
 
 
Contact Us
 
Jennifer Brandt, M.A., CCC-SLP
Specialist
[email protected]
903.988.6970