Things to Consider
- Remember adaptive technology/devices are supports to help individuals accomplish things without the help of others
- AT is as simple as using a visual schedules to ensure success in daily living
- Consider the use of a small pocket calendar to hold their list of visual prompts as a reminder for a variety of needs
- The IPAD and similar devices are great tools and are considered socially appropriate
Tools and Resources
It may be helpful to get an assistive technology evaluation to determine what type of supports would benefit your young adult. Assistive technology is a requirement on every Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to determine if there is a need for this type of support. Make sure this is discussed with your child’s IEP transition team to find out what type of support may be needed if college or becoming employed is a goal, or even what may be helpful to live in their own home. For students who are not receiving special education services, an assistive technology evaluation can be done through supports in the community.
There are five AT Access Sites in Kansas with experienced staff who will demonstrate devices, provide information/referral, evaluation, technical assistance or training supports. Assistive Technology of Kansas (ATK) also has new devices to borrow, used devices to purchase, can help locate funding for a new or used device and teach individuals or groups how to maintain and use technology. The AT Access Sites are located in Oakley, Salina, Wichita, Topeka and Parsons. An affiliate office for obtaining high quality refurbished technology is located in Garden City.
You can contact your regional AT Access Site by calling 800-KAN DO IT (800-526-3648). Management staff can be reached by calling 620-421-8367.
Using AT in the Community
Can you think of a time when you experienced moments during your daily schedule—waking up, driving, at work—and thought, "What could make this easier?" or "If only I didn’t have to wait for another person to help me with this.’’ Think assistive technology: things as minor as an audio reminder to take medication or computer software that can read what was typed are just a few simple examples of devices that are available to individuals in their home, at work or for school. AT can be a support in all environments. Think in terms of what the barriers are that prevent your young adult from being as independent as possible. Try to find devices/supports that eliminate or decrease those barriers.
You can find information regarding assistive technology for individuals with disabiltiies at http://ndetransition.site.esu9.org