Assistive Technology in the Classroom

School is starting around the country, and students are being introduced into a brand new environment. This can be scary for most, but especially so when that student has a disability. They are exposed to new sights, sounds, and heaps of new stimuli. Teachers are thrown into the mix without the knowledge or tools to assist these new students. There are resources available to help, but here is a short list that may give you some ideas in the classroom.

First of all, 

What is Assistive Technology?

AT is any item that is used to improve, maintain or otherwise assist the functional capacity of a person with a disability. Assistive Technology can be anything from pencil grips to iPads and so many things in between. 

AT can be broken down into three categories...

Low Tech

  • Highlighters
  • Magnifiers
  • Pencil Grips
  • Colored or Raised Paper
  • Velcro to hold items in place
  • Walkers
  • Grabbers
  • Your Imagination is the limit

Middle Tech

  • Timers
  • Spell Checkers
  • Adapted Keyboard or Mice
  • Wheelchairs
  • So much more

High Tech

  • Computers with...
Join us for a webinar on Assistive Technology and Schools

Join us for a Webinar on October 10th and 12th to provide information to the parents, guardians, and all other interested parties on assistive technology as it relates to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) 

This Training will be sponsored by the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) and will take place on both days for your convenience. 


Remember, we are #here2help!


The Webinars will be held on 

Oct 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT
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Oct 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM EDT  
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Protect our Health and Long Term Care

Sustained Action Needed Over the Recess to Protect our Health and Long Term Care

As you know, Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) postponed plans to vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) this week due to a lack of support (he needs at least 50 Republican Senators).  However, he plans to bring up the bill as soon as possible after Senators return from the Independence Day recess on July 10.

Please send a message to Senators Nelson and Rubio and tell them your Medicaid Story.


Senate Bill Cuts Medicaid by More Than One-Third by 2036

The Senate health bill’s Medicaid cuts would deepen significantly in the second decade, the Congressional Budget Office estimated today, growing from 26 percent in 2026 to 35 percent in 2036, relative to current law (see graph)

[Senate Bill Cuts Federal Medicaid Spending More Than One-Third by End of Second Decade]

Consequently, CBO states “enrollment in Medicaid would continue to fall relative to what would happen under” current law.

CBO previously estimated that the bill, which would effectively end the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and convert Medicaid to a per capita cap, would cut federal Medicaid spending by $772 billion over the first decade and reduce enrollment by 15 million by 2026.

Over the long run, the Senate bill would cut Medicaid more than the House bill because it lowers the growth rate for federal funding under the per capita cap below even the House bill’s inadequate level starting in 2025. That’s why CBO estimates the Senate bill’s cut in 2026, $160 billion or 26 percent, to be larger than the House bill’s — even though the Senate bill ends the enhanced federal funding for the Medicaid expansion more gradually. As a result, Medicaid enrollment would fall by 1...

Public Comment On Every Student Succeeds Act Draft State Plan

Dear Colleagues,
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) developed the draft state plan (PDF) after reviewing and considering the feedback we received in our initial public input window last summer and over the course of the last year. At the conclusion of this comment window, we will analyze the feedback and revise the draft state plan accordingly before providing to Governor Rick Scott, as required. Finally, by September 18, the deadline set by the federal government, we will submit the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education.
The format of the plan is the U.S. Department of Education state plan template, which is organized into nine sections. We have also drafted a waiver request document (PDF) that will be submitted with the plan to USED. It provides additional context to some of the narrative in the plan.
Florida's online survey for public comment is organized by the nine sections of the state plan. First you will enter your name, group represented, organization and county. You can select any or all of the sections and there is a comment box for each section. There is also a comment box for the waiver request document.
The nine sections of...