Diana works with students, educators, related therapists, families, individuals, organizations, public and private schools, K-12 as well as post-secondary. AT for Education provides Assistive Technology Consultation, Evaluations, Recommendations, Training for Individuals,Training for students and educational teams, Training for Districts, large PD workshops and trainings nationally, Live webinars, as well as follow-up consultation, maintenance, and support locally to districts and individuals. We also work with disability service providers in Colleges and Universities to provide AT training for literacy software, Google and iPad apps, Magnification, Screen Readers, Refreshable Braille Displays, Audio Recording Pens/ Apps, Voice Recognition, modifications and adaptations to furniture and equipment, environmental controls, as well as Consultation on Assistive Technology and Alternative Text Production for college students. Large Workshops and Trainings are provided regionally and nationally, registration is available via the calendar link. Direct Services are provided primarily in New England, live webinars and distance learning/ training is available for other geographic areas. AT for education also provides Assistive Technology testing of websites, and consultation regarding website accessibility, and 508 compliance. Diana provides larger workshops and trainings such as Universal Design for Learning; Apps for Struggling Readers & Writers; Apps for Education and Related Therapy (SLP/ OT); as well as Apps for Special Education or Access to Literacy/ the Community/ Curriculum, for the iPad and mobile devices, as well as Chrome Apps (Google Chrome as AT). Training for general use of the iPad and the Accessibility features (iPad 101) as well as implementing iPads in education and 1:1 initiatives are also provided. Live, interactive webinars are attended nationally and internationally, and can be tailored to the specific needs of a school or organization. Live individual training can also be provided through a meeting online (distance learning) where the participant sees the iPad or computer screen and follows along with their own during instruction.To view a schedule of upcoming trainings, see the Calendar.
Services for individuals include Assistive Technology Consultation, Assessments, Recommendations, and Training , including access to Education, Employment, the Community and ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living). Hands-on training or Live webinars and distance training is available.
Services for Schools and Districts
In order to schedule an Assistive Technology evaluation/ assessment for a specific student, first the school, agency, individual, or organization needs to:
- Schedule an initial consultation meeting with Diana in person or via conference call. Contact Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 603-998-4980
- The teachers, related therapists and parents or guardians must fill out our pre-assessment/ student information forms. (K-12 Only)
- Send Diana the student’s IEP and relevant test scores from other assessments (ie: neuropsych, vision, reading,OT/PT etc.). (K-12 Only)
- Diana will call the Case Manager, DSS coordinator or director, or Special Ed. administrator to schedule the AT Assessment, as well as in-school observations and follow-up meetings, training, data collection and support.
- Diana provides a thorough written report and will present all recommendations at a summary meeting, where members can see a demonstration of the recommendations and how to implement the recommended AT.
Teachers, related therapists, case managers and the family are all invited to attend the meetings. Follow-up services are also available at the student’s home or at post-secondary institutions or places of employment.
**FREE Assistive Technology: There are SEVERAL Free options for assistive technology. Free magnification and accessibility features, free text to speech, free voice recognition, free apps for the iPad, free audio and e-books, free apps and extensions in Google Chrome, etc. We will explore all of your free options with you, as well as provide training to use the free technology and programs. The pros and cons of the free technologies versus paid technologies will be explained and demonstrated.
Large or Small Group Professional Development Workshops/ Trainings are provided for schools, organizations, institutions, etc. Trainings are tailored to the specific needs and requests of the participants, and can be provided as a demonstration or hands-on training. Live Webinars and Distance Training is available and is interactive, as participants can follow along with the instruction provided and ask questions for clarification.
Services for Individuals, Students, and Families
Do you have or know a child, student or an individual who has one or more following concerns?
- Dyslexia or other learning disability
- Struggling with the Reading or Writing Process, Including Math
- Reading challenges or delays
- Low Vision or Blind
- Deaf/ Hard of Hearing
- Fine Motor Difficulties or Physical Access Challenges
- Physical limitations preventing the use of a standard keyboard and mouse
- Difficulty with Attention, Organization, Time Management or “time-on-task”
- Executive Function Difficulties
- Communication or Speech Challenges; Specific needs for AAC
- Needs or Responds better to a multi-sensory approach to Learning
He or she may benefit greatly from Assistive Technology.
Professional Development Training Services
Diana provides Professional Development Workshops to Train Staff and Students (hands-on) on the use of selected AT (Assistive Technology) software and devices, both operational skills and application strategies. She provides workshops to access and utilize assistive technologies such as iPads, Bookshare, Read and Write Gold/Literacy Software, ZoomText, Dragon/Voice Recognition, LiveScribe Smart Pen, AAC options or Switch Access, Chrome Apps & Extensions, Refreshable Braille Displays as well as iPad Accessibility/ iPad 101, and iPad or iOS Apps for specific grades, skills, abilities, disabilities, learning goals and daily living (ADL’s). Training for Google Chrome apps and free options in Chrome is also provided. (ie: Apps for Reading/Writing/Notetaking/scheduling/Math, Apps for Science/Gov’t/History, Apps for Blind/Low Vision users, Apps for Related Therapists, Apps for access and ADL’s, etc).
A well thought out approach for a specific individual Assistive Technology Assessment may consist of any number of the following services:
- AT Assessment – Work with students, educators, and others to identify appropriate AT options and services for the student’s academic goals; if needed, observe in school and the community, provide written report, attend IEP meetings (K-12).
- Acquisition of Technology – Identify and recommend sources of AT and assist with purchase and acquisition.
- Technology Configuration – Technical assistance configuring devices and software to student’s needs and preferences. Also, assisting IT personnel configuring AT software on school computers and advise to the required technology, hardware and specifications needed.
- Assistive Technology Training- for the selected/ purchased/ acquired assistive technology, for the student and education team.
- Modifications and adaptations to furniture, the environment (work, home or school), iPad, AAC, and computer to ensure equal access to the curriculum.
- Alternative Accessible Formats of Books & Materials – Assistance with acquiring and converting materials to alternative formats, such as audio, digital, electronic Braille, large font, DAISY, Word, PDF,EPub, or others for use with AT such as text-to-speech/literacy software, DAISY players, iPad apps or magnification, etc. Advising and Training on the best sources for specific types of materials such as Bookshare, APH, NIMAC, NLS, and others depending on the format needed and how it will be used.
- Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Help educators adopt U.D.L. practices through incorporation of various instructional technologies such as interactive whiteboards, literacy software, iPads and Apps, graphic organizers, free websites and resources and others.
- In-Class follow-up support – As needed, Diana can observe the individual or student in appropriate environments in which the assistive technology will be utilized. Strengths, abilities and learning styles of the individual will be considered and built upon. Diana can provide staff training and time in the classroom to work with the student and teacher in using the assistive technology solution, matching AT solutions with the student’s academic goals and helping to integrate the new tools into daily curriculum.
- Other Professional Services – Collaboration and Consultation on Assistive Technology related inquiries, Assistive Technology Assessments, Alternative Text Production, and 508 Compliance for websites and documents.
- Services for everyone! – Hands-on workshops arranged on-request for small and large groups of 5-50 people, training on iPad Accessibility and Apps for Education, Communication/AAC, Software & Hardware/ AT Devices, Magnification, Voice Recognition Options, LiveScribe SmartPen, Free AT solutions, and more.
AT for Education works primarily with schools, individuals and families, organizations and businesses in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. Distance training is provided via live, interactive webinars. Large workshops are provided at National and International Conferences and venues such as Closing the Gap, ATIA, CSUN, Spectronics/ Inclusive Technologies, Abilities, and others.
General questions and discussions via phone or email are provided at no charge. For more specific services rates are as follows:
- Assistive Technology Assessments – AT assessment costs do vary depending on numerous factors, for example: the extent of solutions sought, whether classroom observations are needed, whether a written report is required, and I.E.P. meeting attendance. Formal A.T. assessments with a written report and demonstration of technology options generally range from $875 to $1500, depending on the factors mentioned above. Once you have discussed the specifics of what you need, we can provide you with an estimate and contract.
- Hourly Rate – $95 per hour for time spent on site with client including training, consultation, assessment, workshops, meetings and time spent providing specific services, such as configuring computer software. There is a flat one-hour charge for document review, such as reading evaluations/testing and I.E.P.’s. There is no charge for email exchanges or phone calls, unless the phone call is scheduled as a meeting substitute or a conference call to remotely attend an I.E.P. meeting, for example.
- Travel – For most locations in New England within a two-hour round trip from the Lakes Region in New Hampshire there is no charge for travel. For locations outside of that range there is a $25 charge to cover travel mileage expenses.
- Payments- Payments for individuals are appreciated at the time of service, however other arrangements can be made. Payments from schools and/ or organizations are accepted via contract and purchase orders.
To learn more about why having an AT evaluation is important, visit this page. To contact Diana with any questions or to schedule an assessment or consultation you may reach her by email at DP.ATSpecialist@gmail.com, by phone at (603) 998-4980.