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Assistive Technology is recognized as an important component of the Individual Education Programs (IEP) of students who receive special education. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 emphasizes this importance by indicating that IEP teams consider all students’ needs for Assistive Technology when completing individual education plans.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis is offering professional development on Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Considerations for the IEP Team. This PD session will help teachers increase their awareness of Assistive Technology, as well as the Assistive Technology service delivery process used in educational settings.

The processes of consideration and assessment will be described using the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a guide. In addition, resources to assist in the provision of Assistive Technology services will be provided to attendees. The objectives of this full-day training at CSD include:

• Review Assistive Technology and education requirements of IDEA 2004
• Describe functional areas that can be addressed by Assistive Technology in educational settings
• Identify best practices associated with consideration and assessment
• Apply concepts learned regarding Assistive Technology to current case load
• Identify Assistive Technology resources

Session leader Bob Cunningham has been an occupational therapy educator since 1991. He is currently employed by Maryville University and is completing a doctoral degree in Special Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Bob is also an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and owner of Cunningham Consulting LLC, which provides Assistive Technology consultation and Assistive Technology evaluations in the areas of education and alternative computer access for persons of all ages in the St. Louis region.

Registration for this event closes October 2. For more information, contact Brian Lankheit at (314) 692-1242. The cost of this Assistive Technology professional development is $50 CSD members and $70 for non-members (lunch is provided).

For continued PD on Assistive Technology, also consider attending the Midwest Education Technology Conference in February; one of its strands is Differentiated Instruction, and a subset of this strand is Assistive Technology. The target audience is specialists and classroom teachers want to learn a variety of interventions & instructional strategies. This METC strand focuses on differentiating instructional practices based on the needs of the students.