CVI Now hosted a live virtual event on CVI and Assistive Technology (AT), held on January 5, 2021. Allie Futty, a Certified Assistive Technology Instructional Specialist (CATIS), TVI, and O&M specialist presented and answered parent questions about
- Assistive technology in the IEP,
- AT services,
- Considering the preferences and abilities of the end-user,
- AT evaluation using the SETT Framework (S=Student, E=Environment, T=Task, and T=Tool),
- Examples of AT, and
- AT to foster independence and project into adulthood.
The biggest takeaway: decisions about AT tools for a student with CVI comes only after a comprehensive assessment. It can be easy to go into an AT evaluation with a device in mind or go straight to the device talk, but in order for AT to be successful, the educational team has to start with a child-centered assessment to see where the barriers exist and how to remove those barriers. Assistive technology must be matched to a child’s unique needs.
Allie referenced several resources in her presentation:
- Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services
- SETT Framework
- Assistive Technology: It’s the Law!
- CVI and Remote Learning (Allie’s blog post is linked!)
- PDF of Powerpoint presentation
CVI parents: got questions? Join the CVI Now Parent Group to ask your questions, access live virtual events, and connect with other families.