Knox County Schools provides a range of technical support and professional learning services to school personnel and their students, through the Assistive Technology Department.
These services are directed toward:
- Enhancing student achievement by providing access to appropriate assistive technology devices and services, and
- Improving instruction by increasing educator knowledge of assistive technology devices and services
Knox County Schools Assistive Technology Specialists support the use of assistive technology by:
- Participating in IEP team and 504 committee meetings,
- Consulting with teachers and parents,
- Assessing student needs - directly and indirectly,
- Teaching and modeling the implementation of new technology
- Teaching professional learning courses, and
- Providing a device loan program to students for extended trial use periods.
In order to make the AT referral process more efficient, we have created a step by step tool that will provide a more comprehensive understanding of your student's area(s) of concern and strategies that can be used to support them.Step 1: When should an AT referral be considered?The IEP team may consider an AT referral when:
UDL Supports: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudlOrganization Supports:Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the SETT Framework. Then, click the link to find supporting strategies to trial with your student.Step 3: If you have implemented strategies for the area of deficit and the student continues not to make adequate progress toward goals/objectives, please click the link below to complete a formal Assistive Technology Referral.
- Expected progress on IEP goals isn't occurring despite thoughtful and targeted instruction over time, or
- The team questions whether a particular AT tool could be used as a compensation for a missing skill or ability, or
- The team questions whether a particular AT tool or strategy could make a significant difference in student performance.