Assistive Technology for Texas Inclusive Practices
Assistive technology (AT) enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence and participate actively in education and life activities. Assistive technology does not always mean the use of an electronic device. It also includes low tech items such as pencil grips and timers.
We encourage you to explore the resources you need to successfully include technology devices and services to support your students in your schools.
The following are assistive technology legal references:
Bookshare is an online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Bookshare provides free memberships for Texas students with reading barriers and to the schools that support them. The free membership is provided through an award from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education.
Assistive Technology Loan Library
Assistive technology devices are available for Texas school districts and charters to borrow so that a student may use the device for a short trial period. Contact the AT representative at your regional Education Service Center (ESC) for more information.
The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology website provides resources to guide the selection and use of quality assistive technology services to improve the educational achievement of students with disabilities.
College of Education and Human Services within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln provides resources to promote appropriate assessment and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on AAC provides a large collection of free webcasts, including presentations on research, clinical applications and consumer perspectives.
International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication is a membership organization working to improve the lives of children and adults with complex communication needs.
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC) is an organization dedicated to supporting the needs and rights of people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
An Assistive Technology assessment is utilized to determine appropriate tools and services to ensure free appropriate public education (FAPE). It is the district's responsibility to determine if an AT assessment is warranted and provide clear documentation regarding the basis of that decision. Districts should select the method of evaluation, comply with legal requirements, ensure timeliness, and disclose the credentials of the assessment team member.
The Microsoft Accessibility website provides information on the built in accessibility features of their products. nseDragSource,W7147,2,13,18
The Google Accessibility website provides information on the built in accessibility features of their products.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) resources help people make websites, applications, and other digital creations more accessible and usable to everyone. They have an Accessibility checker that will check Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and (X)HTML documents with style sheets.
Project Managers, Inclusion in Texas Network
ESC-20 is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. It is ESC-20’s policy to ensure that new and updated content complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. We welcome comments and suggestions to improve the accessibility of our websites. If the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please report these issues to our webmaster.
Copyright © 2013 - 2019 • Education Service Center, Region 20 - All rights reserved.