Assistive Technologies

What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive technology includes any equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with an exceptionality. It can be high or low tech and is intended to promote greater independence. Examples of assistive technology include:

  • switches
  • communication devices
  • touch screens
  • word prediction software

The role of AT

AT is appropriate for a student who has an exceptionality and requires technology to access their curriculum. Technology may provide a voice for a student who cannot speak. Other devices can adapt the way individuals with physical or motor concerns interact with their daily environment. Some software programs can support students who have difficulties with reading and writing.

The student’s program planning team will determine which technology to trial in order to address targeted learning needs.

Assistive Technology can work together with Alternate Format Materials (AFM) to support students with Specific Learning Disorder in Reading or students with a Perceptual Disability. Visit the AFM site for details

Are you having trouble opening these forms? – Notes about Fillable PDF Forms

Several of the forms below are available in PDF fill-in-the blank format. It is recommended that you use Acrobat® Reader to complete the form(s). Using Acrobat® Reader will ensure that the information you enter on the form(s) is saved in the correct format.

These form(s) can be filled out electronically or can be printed and filled out by hand.

If you are having trouble filling out/saving/printing the form(s), please follow the steps below which explain how to save the file to your computer/device and complete it using Acrobat® Reader.

  • Right-click on the link to the form and select “Save target as” or “Save link as” (wording may be different depending on the browser being used).
  • Select a location on your computer/device to save the PDF.
  • Open the PDF from the saved location using Acrobat® Reader. If you cannot open the PDF, or you require a newer version of Acrobat® Reader you can Download Acrobat Reader for free (opens in new window).
  • Fill out the form (note: If you prefer to print the form and fill it out by hand, print it now).
  • Click the Save button in Acrobat® Reader.
  • Print the form if necessary.

Note: all links below are PDF files and will open in a new window.

Applying for AT


General AT Information