Assistive Technology

Barbara Wietlisbach
Barbara Wietlisbach
Assistive Technology Consultant

859-442-8600 ext. 33
barbara.wietlisbach@nkces.org

Barbara Wietlisbach is a Rehabilitation Engineer who has worked in the field of assistive technology since 2000.  She holds the credentials of Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).

 

Assistive Technology

Research shows that assistive technology can help close the achievement gap for all students with disabilities. AT helps foster independence and allows students to access the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment. According to IDEA, assistive technology must be considered for every child with an IEP.

 

Assistive Technology Services Available to Member Districts

  • - Assistive technology consultation and evaluation services
  • - Assistance with implementation of assistive technology
  • - Training on implementation and use of assistive technology
  • - Lending library of assistive technology devices for trial use

 

Forms

Assistive Technology Services Referral Form

 

Assistive Technology Lending Library

NKCES has a lending library that contains a variety of assistive technology devices and is available for use by member districts.  Items may be borrowed at no cost to the district for a three week loan period.  The loan may be extended if there is not a waiting list for the item.  A material/resource lending agreement form must be completed in order to borrow materials.  Loan of assistive technology equipment requires approval by the Director of Special Education.  

 

WHAS Crusade for Children

WHAS Crusade for Children

Since 2009, NKCES has been awarded a grant each year from the WHAS Crusade for Children for assistive technology and other items that directly benefit students with disabilities.  These items are available through the NKCES Assistive Technology Lending Library for students to try before a district makes the decision to purchase. 

 

Definitions

Assistive Technology Device

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.

Source: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, Section 602. 

 

Assistive Technology Service

Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. Such services include the following:

 

- The evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child's customary environment

- Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by such child.

- Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices.

- Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs.

- Training or technical assistance for such child, or, where appropriate, the family of such child.

- Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals providing education and rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of such child. 

Source: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, Section 602. 

 

Contact Information

Barbara Wietlisbach, MS, ATP, RET

barbara.wietlisbach@nkces.org