Simply put Assistive
Technology (AT) is any form of technology that assists students in their
learning it can range from low-tech solutions like pencil grips or a
highlighter. To a high tech solution like speech recognition software, or
reading systems that utilize a computer, software and a scanner.
If a student struggles in
class they could benefit from AT. In some cases AT is
recommended after a formal assessment. In the assessment the assessor recommends
some AT ideas or strategies to the school. The school working with the
learning facilitator and BRSD#31 would determine how to best achieve those
Currently we do not have
site licenses for any AT software because every student has different
requirements for their success. In various schools we are currently using
Read and Write Gold, Dragon Naturally Speaking, WordQ/SpeakQ, and Board
Maker. In terms of hardware we currently use devices such as RedCat Sound
Systems, PowerLinks, Step Communicators, and Reading Pens.