Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology

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More than 6 million children with disabilities in North America require assistive technology and related services each year in order to participate and succeed in school. This book, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology, provides an essential guide for assessing a child's needs, choosing and implementing the right technologies and services, and training education professionals in how to optimize learning with these critical tools. Work on the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) began in the summer of 1998 when a group of assistive technology (AT) service providers shared their concerns about the complexity of selecting, locating, and delivering AT and AT services in K-12 and postsecondary environments. They agreed on the need for professional guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of AT delivery. Since then the QIAT Leadership Team has gathered input from more than 4,000 individuals ranging from students and families to school staff, policy makers and higher education faculty. After many drafts and revisions informed by the field, the result is the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services. This book is indispensable for: • school districts as they strive to develop and provide quality assistive technology services aligned to federal, state and local mandates • assistive technology service providers as they evaluate and constantly improve their services • consumers of assistive technology services as they seek appropriate assistive technology services which meet their needs • universities and professional developers as they conduct research and deliver programs that promote the development of the competencies needed to provide quality assistive technology services • policy makers as they attempt to develop judicious and equitable policies related to assistive technology services. Filled with information and supports such as self-evaluation matrices, suggested activities, checklists and other helpful tools, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology is a clearly written and well-organized resource for those who seek to ensure that quality AT services are provided.


Gayl Bowser, M.S. in Education, currently works as an independent consultant and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wyoming. Her work focuses on the creation of service systems that encourage the integration of technology into educational programs for students with disabilities. Formerly the Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and the State of Oregon’s Specialist in Assistive Technology, Gayl currently provides assistive technology consultation, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services including Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology and Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents. Diana Foster Carl has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology and is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas. She has more than 35 years of experience in various capacities in public education, including leadership roles in national, state and regional organizations. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning (the AEM Center). Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas, where she was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for 12 years. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility. Kelly Fonner has a B.S. in Special Education and an M.S. in Educational Technology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology. She has done continuing education and research Adult Education and Special Education Technology. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, and assistive technology specialist. She is currently self-employed as a consultant in assistive and educational technology. She has worked for a statewide AT project and has been an instructor in university courses on AT. Since 1986 she has presented to schools, conferences, and families in 46 states and internationally on a wide range of topics in AT. Terry Vernon Foss has a M.Ed. with an emphasis in Special Education. Terry has been a special educator for more than 35 years in classrooms for students with autism and with severe and profound disabilities including speech, intellectual and motor impairments. For the last 20+ years, she has been an assistive technology specialist for the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. Terry is a co-author of Every Move Counts and Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats. Jane Edgar Korsten holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She currently works as an independent consultant, a speech pathologist and AT resource for individuals of all ages. She has worked in public schools, supported living settings for adults and private practice developing alternate communication systems for individuals who are non-verbal. She was the principal investigator on an Innovative Research Grant funded through the National Institutes of Health which led to the development of Every Move Counts: a sensory based approach to communication. Jane is a co-author of Every Move Counts and Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats and How Do You Know It? How Do You Show It? Kathleen M. Lalk has a B.S. in Recreation Therapy and an M.S. in Educational Technology. For more than 20 years, she has served as an assistive technology specialist for Special School District in St. Louis County, Missouri. Her work includes support of students with disabilities, their families and their educational team in the consideration, implementation and evaluation of the use of assistive technology. She is also a Consumer Support Provider for Missouri Assistive Technology. Joan Breslin Larson holds a M.Ed. in Adult Education.