Supporting Learning through Assistive Technology
WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
Assistive Technology (AT) is any tool that helps people function more effectively at home, school, work or play. For some students, AT is the lifeline that provides them with equal access to information and learning in the classroom and the world.
WHAT IS SWAAAC?
SWAAAC stands for Statewide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication. SWAAAC teams provide expert, multi-disciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students with disabilities full access and participation in all educational opportunities. Cherry Creek School District is a participating member of the Colorado SWAAAC.
WHO USES ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
Students with disabilities that interfere with their oral or written communication (speaking, listening, reading, or writing), learning, social relationships, mobility, and active participation are potential users of AT.
HOW DO I ACCESS MY ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAM?
Any member of an Individual Education Plan team may initiate a referral to the Assistive Technology team. A referral form that documents the concerns of the team must be completed. Please contact your special education team for copies of this form. An evaluation will be scheduled by the Assistive Technology team, including some or all of the following: students, parents, special educators, general educators, speech/language pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, and/or school nurse. There is no specific test for evaluating the need for AT. The assessment will be tailored to the unique needs of each student.
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAM:
- Tracy Little - Sky Vista Middle School : 720-886-4919
SWAAAC Team Leader
Speech Language Pathologist
- Mark Semmler - Education Services Center (ESC) : 720-554-4341
Special Education Coordinator
- Connie Lane -Occupational Therapist
- Jennifer Goodson-Intensive Needs Teacher
- Lynae Trabant - Speech Language Pathologist
- Karin Jordon - Occupational Therapist
- Jenny Lipold - Speech Language Pathologist