Assistive Technology (AT)

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Mission Statement

To assist local public education agencies, parents, and other government entities in building their capacity to consider and implement assistive technology for students with disabilities in order to improve access to the general education curriculum.

Definition of Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) includes low-tech and high-tech products that enable people with disabilities to be more productive and independent. Assistive technology includes a wide range of products, from simple to complex and inexpensive to expensive. Examples of low-tech AT include pencil grips, tactile rulers, raised line paper, graph paper, large print text, adapted scissors, slant boards, Velcro, magnetic strips, magnifiers, highlighters, page flags, color transparencies, rubber stamps, timers, typewriter key guards, and teacher-made communication boards to name only a few.

An assistive technology device is 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 functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of that device.”[20 USCS §1401(1)(2)34 C.F.R. 300.5].

An assistive technology service refers to any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. This includes the following for a child with a disability:

  • The evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in his or her customary environment;
  • Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
  • Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
  • Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices;
  • Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability, or, if appropriate, the child’s family; and
  • Training or technical assistance for professionals, employers, or other individuals who provide services to, employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of that child.

[20 USCS §1401(1)(2)34 C.F.R. 300.6].

Assistive Technology Consideration Resource Guide

ADE/ESS Assistive Technology Short-Term Loan Library

Contact Information

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(From left to right: Bruce Kennedy, Alissa Trollinger-Director of Special Projects, Ann Gortarez, Mary Keeney, and Judy Olaiz)

Tucson & Southern Arizona
Ann Gortarez, MEd
(520) 628-6665 

Flagstaff & Northern Arizona
Bruce Kennedy, MPA
(928) 637-1876 

Phoenix & Central Arizona
Mary Keeney, CCC-SLP
(602) 542-4016 

AT Administrative Assistant
Judy Olaiz
(602) 542-3852

Arizona Department of Education
Exceptional Student Services
Az-Tech Assistive Technology Team
1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-3852
Fax: (602) 542-5404

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Assistive Technology training events, please add your e-mail address to our contact list here.


Math FlyerTools & Strategies for Students that Struggle with mATh
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (9:00-12:00)
Location: ADE Flagstaff Office
Cost: Free 
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Math Shonto FlyerTools & Strategies for Students that Struggle with mATh
Thursday, November 12, 2015 (9:00-12:00)
Location: Shonto Preparatory Technology High School
Cost: Free 
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Ipad Flyer FulliPads in the Classroom with Tony Vincent
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (8:30-4:00)
Location: ADE Central Office
Cost: $60
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Reading FlyerTools & Strategies for Students that Struggle with Reading
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (9:00-12:00)
Location: ADE Flagstaff Office
Cost: Free
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AT Assessment FullAssistive Technology Assessment with Penny Reed
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 (8:30-4:00)
Location: ADE Central Office
Cost: $60
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whats happening

2015-16 Az-Tech Grant

To lay the foundation for capacity building and systemic change in their schools, teams of educators known as Az-Tech grant teams will participate in grant-funded training workshops in the fundamentals of assistive technology (AT) and universal design for learning (UDL). National and state leaders in the field of AT will conduct 11 days of outcome-driven training events during the training year (September 2015–May 2016) with support provided by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS), Special Projects Az-Tech AT team. At the end of the year, the team will be better equipped to consider and implement AT tools and strategies to support students with disabilities and contribute to the training of other education professionals in its local education agency (LEA).  This grant is appropriate if your agency serves students with a wide range of disabilities.

For more information, click here.


Spotlight on AT 3

For more information on this product click on the picture above and click on ADE AT Loan Library Spotlight (Long Term Loan Items and New Items). This product is available for demonstration and equipment loan at the ADE AT Loan Library.  



Az-Tech’s Assistive Technology Symbaloos

A Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it easy for you to navigate to websites and other   resources referenced during our various assistive technology trainings. No more keeping track of paper handouts, no more Googling to find “that thing you saw at that training.” We’ve collected it all for you and put it all in one place.

We currently have Symbaloos related to AT for Math, Free AT, AT Consideration, Video Modeling, and more. To see all of our Symbaloos, click on the Symbaloo Gallery image below, use the QR code, or visit

AT Symbaloo  

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 Logo for AT Tips

The A.T.TIPScast: Assistive Technology Tools IPublic Schools is a podcast about using technology to help students meet their educational goals. 

OCALI’s FREE Assistive Technology Internet Modules

“ATIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost.”


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