Frequently Asked Questions

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology (AT) means 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 the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

What is the SETT Framework?

SETT refers to Student/Environment/Tasks/Tools. It is a framework that matches the needs of the individual to appropriate tools in targeted educational environments to accomplish targeted tasks.  Use of the SETT Framework is generally considered the national standard for considering assistive technology.

What is a SETT meeting?

A SETT meeting is the first step in AT consideration. A school team uses the SETT framework to understand the needs of a student and set priorities for what to try. When a school team asks for HIAT’s support at this stage of the process, a HIAT team member will facilitate the meeting. At the end of the meeting, the team will usually set up a technology Trial Period.

What is a Trial Period?

A Trial Period is how the school team determines if the assistive technology they chose to try is actually serving the intended purpose for the student.

Is AT Consideration suppose to be documented on every IEP?

Yes, it is. If assistive technology strategies prove effective for a student, these strategies should be listed under Supplementary Aids and Services on the IEP. 

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