Louisiana Assistive Technology Framework

Louisiana Assistive Technology Framework

September 15, 2023 0 By Nabiha Mujahid

Stakeholders in the Committee:

  • Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)
  • Department of Education (LDOE)
  • Louisiana State University (LSU)
  • Ascension Parish 
  • Calcasieu Parish
  • Iberville Parish
  • LaSalle Parish
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Ouachita Parish
  • St. Martin Parish 
  • St. Tammany

It’s About Time…

Louisiana’s Assistive Technology (AT) Framework has remained unchanged since 2005, and the parishes still rely on this outdated version. Due to the persistent challenges and demands faced by AT specialists and special education coordinators, AEM has decided to take the lead in updating the framework. Recognizing the need for a fresh approach, a dedicated committee comprising stakeholders and representatives from various parishes across Louisiana now convenes biweekly to review and refine each document slated for inclusion in the updated Framework. Justin Sims, an AT Specialist at AEM, conducts thorough research and subsequently crafts a preliminary document. Once his draft is ready, the committee comes together to ensure that it aligns with the current needs and practices within Louisiana’s education system. They collectively contribute edits and corrections to create a more effective and up-to-date AT Framework that will better serve students and educators statewide. It is a whole new replacement. 

Draft Documents Under Revision

  1.  AT Consideration Guide and Resource Guide
  2. AT Screener for Initial IEPs
  3. AT Implementation Plan
  4. AT Trial Use Guide
  5. AT Assessment

Parishes that have generously volunteered to test the Drafted Consideration Guide:

  • Michelle Fontenot – St. Martin Parish 
  • Jenene Bignar – LaSalle Parish
  • Christa Foolkes – Calcasieu Parish
  • Terri Belknap – Lincoln Parish

Contribute and Learn more about the AT Framework During the AEM 1st AT Quarterly Consortium Meeting 

The 1st AT Quartley Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19th, from 10:00 – 1:00, and it’ll take place at two different locations: North & South. The Northern meeting will be led by Robin King & Justin Sims, while the Southern meeting will be hosted by Tammy Dupree, Katie Sample, & Nabiha Mujahid. 

We extend a warm welcome to all AT facilitators, AT Staff, coordinators, special eduction directors to join us for a meaningful discussion regarding recent AT updates and the evolving needs in this field. Agenda



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