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AT Assessment Frameworks and Tools

General

QIAT(Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services) – The mission of QIAT is to guide the provision of quality assistive technology services to improve the educational achievement of students with disabilities.

WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative) – WATI provides a free downloadable version of the Assessing Student Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) Manual that includes a variety of assessment forms.

SETT (Student, Environment, Tasks and Tools) – The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of AT service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. Link includes free downloadable forms.

GPAT (Georgia Project for Assistive Technology) – The Georgia Department of Education offers numerous resources developed by the Georgia Project for Assistive Technology to help guide IEP teams through the AT assessment process.

FEAT (Functional Evaluation Tool for Assistive Technology) – The FEAT is a commercially available kit to help educators determine how to meet the needs of an individual student using AT. The FEAT is available through the OCALI AT Lending Library to qualifying individuals.

Education Tech Points – Education Tech Points is a framework for thinking about and addressing a student’s needs for AT. The Education Tech Points publication is available from the OCALI AT Lending Library.

HAAT (Human, Activity, Assistive Technology) – The HAAT model is based on a human performance model but is expanded to recognize that AT is an extrinsic enabler that enhances a person’s abilities and also includes social and cultural aspects as well as environments and physical conditions such as temperature, noise and lighting. More information about the HAAT model can be found in Cook & Polger’s Assistive Technologies Principles and Practices. This book is available from the OCALI AT Lending Library.

Reading and Writing

PAR (Protocol for Accommodations in Reading) – A free downloadable tool from Don Johnson designed to help determine the most suitable reading accommodations for students.

DeCoste Writing Protocol – The DeCoste Writing Protocol is a commercially available formative assessment tool that helps educators identify factors affecting an individual student’s ability to produce writing. The DeCoste Writing Protocol is available through the OCALI AT Lending Library to qualifying individuals.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

ASHA AAC Resources – A collection of AAC assessment resources from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Communication Matrix – A free assessment tool to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing.

Augmentative & Alternative Communication Profile – The AAC Communication profile provides a structured framework for evaluating an individual’s current level of communicative competence with existing AAC systems.

Frenchay Screening Tool for AAC – The Frenchay Screening Tool for AAC is designed to assess people’s abilities in terms of physical access, visual acuity, visual processing, visual contrast sensitivity, identifying different types of fonts of symbols, words, categorization, word-picture matching, reading and spelling (with and without symbol support) as well as alpha encoding and focusing thoughts.

Test of Aided – Communication Symbol Performance (TASP). By Joan Bruno, Ph.D. ,CCC-SLP © 2010. TASP helps assess symbolic skills quickly and easily by providing a starting point for designing and selecting appropriate AAC page sets. Available from the OCALI lending library.

Accessible Educational Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Navigator – An interactive tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible educational materials (AEM) for an individual student.

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Explorer – The AIM Explorer is a free downloadable simulation tool that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and supported reading software.

Measuring User Satisfaction

COPM (Canadian Occupational Performance Measure) – The COPM was designed by occupational therapists to detect a client’s self-perception of occupational performance over time. The COPM is a commercially available product.

MPT (Measuring Person and Technology) – The MPT aims to match a child with the most appropriate technology. It takes into account the student’s environments, individual characteristics and preferences, and the technology’s functions and features. Free downloadable forms can be obtained from the MPT website.

PIADS – (Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale) – The PIADS is a self-report questionnaire consisting of 26 questions related to the impact of AT device use on a person’s functional independence, well-being, and overall quality of life. The forms and support materials can be downloaded from the PIADS website.

QUEST (Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction With Assistive Technology) – The QUEST was designed as an outcome measurement instrument to evaluate a person’s satisfaction with a wide range of AT. The is a free resource.