|This section of the Technology Training Website includes information about accessibility and AT Tools. |
The term "accessibility" refers to the degree to which a tool (in the case software or hardware) can be used by as many people as possible, regardless of ability/disability. Accessibility features help us all access things more easily. In terms of technology, accessibility features that we all use include spell check, "zoom", and custom mouse/cursor features. Accessibility features can help our students more easily access the computer and digital curriculum.
AT stands for "assistive technology". This term is defined by the federal government in IDEA 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 functional capabilities of a child with a disability." AT is designed to help students access the general education curriculum and demonstrate their knowledge. Accessibility features can be used by anyone, but AT is reserved for students with disabilities. Sure, anyone can use an AT tool, but it can only be called AT for a student with a disability. To learn more about AT, visit the AT Training Center or contact Rachel Kuberry, the AT Specialist.