Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology program (AAC/AT)
- Our services
- Professional Learning
In partnership with the communities we serve, Northwest Regional Education Service District improves student learning by providing equitable access to high-quality services and support to Oregon's children and families throughout our diverse region.
NWRESD’s Assistive Technology (AT) team is composed of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication specialists who address academic and communication challenges that create barriers to the education environment.
Assistive technology may encompass both technological supports and Augmentative Communication systems. We provide training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities.
The focus of our team is to ensure that all students in our region have the tools to access their education. Our specialized staff work in collaboration with education teams to assist students with access and communication needs with the identification, selection, acquisition and use of an assistive technology device or system.
Our specialists work collaboratively with educational teams to offer student opportunities to improve access to learning and diminish the impact of sensory (vision and hearing), physical, communication and cognitive disabilities. Specialists provide a variety of consultative services to support the diverse access needs of students. School districts can request consultation for general classroom implementation techniques and guidance for specific students.
The team also supports the implementation and use of accessible instructional materials and district technology resources. Consultation services are provided via a flexible service model that implement on-site and/or online teleconsultation to maximize outreach and provide timely and equitable support to all districts.
Quality Assistive Technology services include the assessment of students in their educational environments. Effective assistive technology assessment is a collaborative process that begins with the student’s educational goals. The evaluator will first ask which tasks the team would like the student to be able to do better, faster or more independently using assistive technology.
From there, the team develops an assessment plan that yields data to determine which technology, if any, could help the student to meet their goals.
Professional Learning and Training
Our specialists engage in workgroups, action research and attend professional learning events designed to ensure students receive the highest-quality services. The team actively gathers and shares resources with district teams to build capacity across our region.
NWRESD specialists partner with the technology industry to provide access to product-specific training and leverage free training for educators and families. In addition, our specialists collaboratively identify training needs of educational teams and design learning opportunities to ensure access to tools and implementation of technology for all students.
Meet Our Team
Ana Lia Oliva, Coordinator for AC/AT Services
Cathy Jensen, Executive Director of K-12 Special Education