The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that assistive technology (AT) must be considered for every child having an individualized education program (IEP). Under IDEA, AT can be special education (specially designed instruction), a related service, or supplementary aides and services so it can appear in the IEP in a variety of ways. While AT is applicable to persons of all ages and in all environments, in education the key questions to ask are, "What is it that the student needs to do in the educational program that he/she isn't able to do because of the disability?" and secondly, "Are there any AT devices or services that might be enable the child to meet the goal?" The questions are easy. Getting to the answers is more challenging.

Assistive technology (AT) is defined as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability". Devices can range from as simple as a pencil grip or fat crayon to a complex communication device.

An AT service is any service that directly assists a student with a disability with the assessment selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Services include training for teachers, paraprofessionals, the students, and others who might need to use the device in the student's environment including the parents where appropriate.

Consider Assistive Technology

  • Consideration is meant to be accomplished within the context of the IEP meeting.
  • AT consideration is meant to be short, accomplished in approximately 20 minutes or less
  • At least one member of the IEP team should be knowledgeable about AT

If the IEP team cannot reach consensus or if the team decides that they lack the expertise to have a thoughtful discussion about AT, an AT consultation should be triggered. The Idaho Assistive Technology Project (IATP) can provide AT consultations at no charge to schools and families.


Featured Trainings

  1. Turning the Page: Shared Reading Using AAC (June 14, 2021)
    This training analyzes current research and best practice in shared reading and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Watch Turning the Page
  2. AT in the Workplace (May 27, 2021)
    A video training about different types of assistive technology available to assist people with disabilities in the workplace. Watch AT in the Workplace
  3. Free Reading and Writing Tools for Struggling Students
    iOS/Android Edition
    PC/Chrome Edition
  4. Cracking the AAC Code
    Module 1: Intro to AAC
    Module 2: Low Tech AAC
    Module 3: High Tech AAC
    Module 4: Communication Partners
    Module 5: Literacy, UDL, and AAC

All Trainings

Description: Apple Portable Devices, Apps, and Management: Using the iPad/iPod/iPhone in a School, Work, or Retirement Setting - Five-Part Webinar Series
Presenter: Dan Dyer, Assertive Technology Project
View this webinar here.

Description: Have you ever had a child/student who tantrums, bites, or hits? Or maybe you have a child/student who can't seem to finish a task without you standing/sitting right there beside him/her. Well….maybe visual schedules can help. What are they? How do I get them in my classroom? Or…maybe you know what they are, but just can't figure out how to implement them? Tune in to this webinar! Walk away with some new tools for your classroom, home, or work environment.

Presenter: Anne Kuhlmeier, M.A., CCC, ATP Speech/Language Pathologist

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Students with learning disabilities make up approximately 50% of the special education population, but are sometimes the least likely to utilize assistive technology. There is much confusion around if and when we should compensate for a learning disability. If we give a student with a learning disability easy access to the curriculum through audio or audio/visual means, will this slow down a student’s progress in reading? How much time and effort should be put into remediating reading versus compensating for it? We will look at the emerging research on this subject.

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This online training discusses age-appropriate materials for secondary students with significant disabilities. This training grew out of a need to find more appropriate materials for a 16-year-old who has cerebral palsy and autism.This training highlights the fact that assistive technology and educational technology are overlapping more and more with producers of AT helping to create educational materials in accessible formats and that are also age-appropriate.
Presenter: Nora Jehn- Training Coordinator at the Idaho Assistive Technology Project- CDHD/University of Idaho)
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Online Training in CC version
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Description: This webinar covers the SETT framework for the assistive technology assessment of math. It also explains the AT continuum and examples of low/no tech, mid tech and high tech are provided. Links to online resources are also provided.

Presenter: Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP
View AT is in the Math Webinar

Description: This webinar discusses and demonstrates over 50 different assistive technology solutions that can be created in minutes for students who experience low incidence disabilities. Examples will include: low-cost Eye gaze boards, key guards for iPads; dual iPad track magnification aid; sounds enhancers; Scan and read stations; adaptive styluses; switch access recipes for head control; Page lifters, turners, and holders; tactile graphic overlays for books; amplification aids for low talker's; hands-free eating and drinking solutions; and more.

Presenter:Therese Willkomm, Ph.D
View Easy and Affordable Assistive Technology Solutions for Low-Incidence Disabilities

Description: An introduction to the variety of Google services, products, and their accessibility. Topics include Google services, Google products, and alternative tools and strategies for accessing both.

Presenter: Laine Amoureux
Recording: Link to view All Things Google video (closed captions)

Presented by Anne Kuhlmeier and Christy Butler
View Implementation Strategies Webinar

Presented by Stephanie Ekis, MS CCC-SLP
View Webinar

This webinar focuses on creating inclusive classroom environments for students struggling with speech and language. Learn how to select vocabulary useful to the natural environment and how to implement that vocabulary and foster rich communication.
Presenter: Anne Kuhlmeier, M.A., CCC, ATP, Speech/Language Pathologist
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Description: This webinar will discuss various ways to implement AAC within the classroom, including modeling, core vocabulary and language expansion. It will explore the various facets of communicative competence and discuss how this relates to the person using AAC. Resources are shared throughout the webinar to provide more ideas and/or information for the topics being discussed.
Presenter: Mary N. Van Donsel, MSR, CCC-SLP
View Implementation of AAC Webinar


Description: This webinar will discuss things to consider when selecting a communication app for a person who needs AAC to communicate. A feature analysis chart will be reviewed as an option to use when exploring the various features available in communication apps, as well as the review of a sample of communication apps available on the market today.
Presenter: Mary N. Van Donsel, MSR, CCC-SLP
View Communication Apps: What is There to Know?


Description: This webinar will lay a foundation for understanding AAC including defining terms, identifying types of AAC and who might benefit. The AAC Evaluation process including team members, tests and measures and developing goals are also included. Case studies of 3 different children who use AAC are included.

There are five modules in the 'Cracking the AAC Code' series (see Related Resources below). If you are interested in taking all five modules for professional development (inservice) credit, please visit the ITC LMS page.

View the webinar to learn how to:

  • Set positioning and mobility goals with your child or student,
  • Evaluate and match assistive technology to their needs,
  • Lean about commonly used positioning and mobility assistive technology,
  • Review examples of real client stories.

PC version: View here

Presenter: Kathie LaFortune, PT, PCS, ATP

iPad version: Begin by downloading iSpring Player app for iPad in the app store. Once you have installed iSpring player app, view the presentation in your iPad Safari browser.

Description Many Schools adopted the iPad because Apple was the early leader in accessibility and learning apps. Now many schools and parents are asking us about Google’s Android, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon’s Kindle apps due to the lower cost of these devices. In the next hour we will look at some of the most popular iPad apps and put them head-to-head with Android apps that do the same thing.

Presented by: Mike Mann, MS, ATP
View Webinar


Description A majority of the accessibility features in the iPad are explained and some are demonstrated. Links are provided to online demonstrations.
Presented by: Mellowdee Brooks, M.Ed, ATP
View Webinar

Request a School Based Service

  1. Assistive Technology Inquiry
    To ask an AT related question, please contact the IDAHO SESTA HELP DESK.
  2. Apply to have a School Based Consultation completed.
    Use the Student Consultation Application to request an AT Consultation for a specific student. After the consultation, you will receive a written report detailing AT ideas specific to the student.
  3. Formal Training on Assistive Technology
    Use the Formal Training on AT Request Form to request formal training for your small or large group of teachers and professionals. Formal training helps build and support AT team growth in your district.
  4. Borrow a piece of equipment for trial with a student
    Find out more about our Resource Centers
  5. Request a free computer for your rural resource room or student
    Find out more about Computers for Kids
  6. Find information on the next Tools for Life Conference
    Find out more about Tools Fair

Assistive-Technology Resources


Assistive technology demonstration and lending centers are located across the state of Idaho. Each center includes equipment for persons with sensory impairments, cognitive impairments, and physical disabilities, which include aids for recreational activities, daily living, educational, vocational and personal care aids. All equipment available to borrow - or see a demonstration of - is listed on the website. To set-up an appointment or request to borrow equipment please contact your local AT lending center.

Contact Us

Janice Carson

Director and AEM State Lead
Idaho Assistive Technology Project
University of Idaho Center on Disabilities and Human Development
1187 Alturas Drive, Moscow, ID 83843

Dan Dyer

Education Coordinator
Idaho Assistive Technology
Resource Center - Coeur d'Alene
1031 N. Academic Way, Room 130D, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

sde Idaho Assistive Technology Project
Center on Disabilities and Human Development
1187 Alturas Dr.
Moscow, ID 83843