Assistive Technology Assessment Models
1. Matching Person and Technology (MPT)
This model considers the individuals expectations, preferences, background, family and environmental influences and economic factors that will come into play when determining appropriate Assistive Technology.There are three major components (Milieu, Person, Technology) which are assessed using a series of questionnaires. This model provides 6 assessment forms.
2. Life Space Access Profile for Individuals with Severe or Multiple Disabilities (LAP)
The purpose of the LAP is to provide a collection of observations that will help select appropriate AT. It evaluates Physical, Cognitive, Emotional, Support Resources and Environmental Analysis.
3. Student, Environment, Task, Tools (SETT)
This model collects information on the 4 components mentioned above.
4. Education Tech Points (ETP)
This is a tool that helps schools to determine and meet the AT needs of the individual students as well as evaluate and improve their AT services. This model works on effective AT service delivery. The 6 Tech points are: Referral, Evaluation, Extended Assessment (trial period with the AT), Plan Development, and Implementation (which is training and equiment management) and Periodic Review.
5. Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)
This is to provide a comprehensive and thorough AT assessment process. It is usually for school aged children and gives 10 specific guidelines: Overview of AT assessment & planning process, AT assessment Packet (forms), AT for writing and computer access, AT for communication, AT for reading, studying and math, AT for recreation, leisure & daily life, AT for positioning and seating, AT for vision and hearing, AT for examples of IEP goals and objectives and finally AT laws and funding.
And now for the Low Tech AT Solutions portion of the assignment. I opted to use pictures I located via the web, as I do not own a small enough camera to take pictures discreetly enough at our local "Buck or Two"
1. Timer- can be used for students who struggle with anxiety. We have all heard "how much longer do I have to do this? How much longer until recess? Small, simple and inexpensive way for students to measure time themselves.
2. Tactile Ruler- rulers with raised lines for students who require them. Can also DIY with puff t-shirt paint
3. Coloured Paper- for students who have visual difficulties such as Irlen Syndrome.
4. Highlighters- to highlight important words or phrases that students will need to refer back to
5. Large key Calculator- for students with vision difficulties or motor skill challenges
6. Magnifying Glass- to enlarge print, objects, diagrams
10. Koosh Ball- can be used for sensory input, kinesthetic, stress reliever. Can also be used to identify a speaker in a group