Isles District Assistive Technology Lending Library
What is the Lending Library?
The Isles District is fortunate to have a center that contains a variety of assistive technology software and equipment for loan to special education programs in schools for special needs students. The goal is to try various assistive technologies with students with special needs. If, after a trial, there is evidence that the assistive technology improves the student's skills/performance/attainment of goals, then the CSC may consider the device to be necessary and possibly add it to the Individual Education Plan (IEP). This ensures that a student has what is necessary for success.
Please note: Parents must go through their child's special education teacher in order to borrow items from the Lending Library.
Why do we have it?
With the reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all students with special needs must be considered for assistive technology. Assistive technology is defined as anything that can help a student achieve the Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and to participate more independently within the general education setting. Assistive technology devices means 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 individuals with disabilities.
How do I access the Lending Library?
Below are the directions on how to request materials. Attached you will also find the inventory and the lending agreement. The lending library is housed at Lakenheath MS.
The AT Lending Library is a resource of materials, both equipment and software, designed to allow educators to use AT materials as a trial to determine a student's need for AT devices prior to writing them into an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Attached is an inventory of what is currently in the Isles District AT Lending Library.
Check Out Procedures
- Review the Isles District AT Lending Library Inventory.
- Contact Isles Assistive Technology requesting the specific AT material(s) using the Lending Agreement/Request Form.
- The item will be mailed via official mail along with a copy of the lending agreement. All materials will be mailed out once a week.
- Upon receipt email the lending agreement to the Isles Assistive Technology Contact at #AssisTech.Isl@eu.dodea.edu.
- Materials can be checked out for the quarter. Checked out materials need to be returned, via official mail, to The AT Lending Library at Lakenheath Middle School, attention Assistive Technology Contact. If you know an individual is going to LMS and would be a courier for you to return materials- that is fine too.
- It is imperative that if you have checked out software, that the Verification of Uninstalled Software sheet be completed, signed and returned with the software. That is our documentation ensuring we are not breaking any copyright laws!
- If you request an item that is currently checked out, you will be placed on a waiting list. When that item is returned, you will be notified.
Steps for Consideration
What does it mean to "consider"? Consideration is a brief process, one that can take place within every Individualized Education Plan meeting. In order to consider the need for assistive technology, at least one person on the Individualized Education Plan Team must have some knowledge about assistive technology. When considering a child's need for Assistive Technology, there are only four general conclusions that can be reached.
- The first is that current interventions (whatever they may be) are working and nothing new is needed, including Assistive Technology. Check NO assistive technology needed.
- The second possibility is that Assistive Technology is already being used (or there has been a trial with Assistive Technology) so that we know that it does work. In that case, the Individualized Education Plan Team should incorporate the use of the device into the Individualized Education Plan goals and objectives. Check YES assistive technology is needed.
- The third possibility is that the Individualized Education Plan Team may conclude that new Assistive Technology should be tried. In that case, the Individualized Education Plan Team will need to describe in the Individualized Education Plan the type of Assistive Technology to be tried, including the features they think may help, such as "having the computer speak the text as the student writes". Check YES assistive technology is needed.
- Finally, the last possibility is that the Individualized Education Plan Team will find that they simply do not know enough to make a decision. In this case, they will need to gather more information. That could be a simple process of calling someone for help, or going to get some print, disk, or online resources to help him or her better "consider" what Assistive Technology might be useful. It could also be an indication that the Case Study Committee needs to initiate a formal assessment of the child's need for assistive technology. Write in *Assistive Technology evaluation/assessment pending.
Assistive technology not available to all students in the classroom should be listed on the Individualized Education Plan if required by a special education student. Assistive technology available to all students, (e.g., the computer lab) to which the child has access, usually is not specified on the Individualized Education Plan. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to provide assistive technology if it is required for a student to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Assistive technology must be provided at no cost to the parents.