Assistive Technology

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Barbara Wietlisbach
Assistive Technology Consultant

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

<p ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span style="font-size:16px;" >I am a Rehabilitation Engineer who has worked in the field of assistive technology since 2000. &nbsp;I currently provide assistive technology training, conslutation, implementaiton and evaluation services for all school districts in Boone County, Bracken County, Campbell County, Kenton County, Pendleton County, and Williamstown Independent in Grant County through NKCES. &nbsp;I hold the credentials of Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET) through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).</span ></span ></p > <hr /> <p ><span style="font-size:20px;" ><span class="Underline" style="text-decoration:underline;" ><strong ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Assistive Technology</span ></strong ></span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Research shows that assistive technology (AT) 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.</span ></span ></p > <hr /> <p ><span style="font-size:20px;" ><font face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif" ><b ><u >Assistive Technology Services Available to Member Districts</u ></b ></font ></span ></p > <ul style="margin-left: 40px;" > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Assistive technology evaluation and consultation services</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Assistance with implementation of assistive technology</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Training on use and implementation of assistive technology</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Lending library of assistive technology devices for trial use</span ></span ></li > </ul > <hr /> <p ><span style="font-size:20px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span class="Underline" style="text-decoration:underline;" ><strong >Forms</strong ></span ></span ></span ></p > <p ><a href="/userfiles/11/my files/forms/at referral form_revised 12_12_19.docx?id=106" ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >NKCES Assistive Technology Referral Form</span ></span ></a ></p > <hr /> <p ><span style="font-size:20px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span class="Underline" style="text-decoration:underline;" ><strong >Definitions</strong ></span ></span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><strong >Assistive Technology Device:</strong ></span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >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.</span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-size:14px;" ><cite ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><em >Source: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, Section 602.</em ></span ></cite ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><strong >Assistive Technology Service:</strong ></span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >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:</span ></span ></p > <ul style="margin-left: 40px;" > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >The evaluation of the needs of such child, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child&rsquo;s customary environment</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by such child.</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology devices.</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs.</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >Training or technical assistance for such child, or, where appropriate, the family of such child.</span ></span ></li > <li ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" >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.</span ></span ></li > </ul > <p ><span style="font-size:14px;" ><cite ><em >Source: Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997, Section 602.</em ></cite ></span ></p > <hr /> <p ><span class="Underline" style="text-decoration:underline;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><span style="font-size:20px;" ><strong >Contact Information</strong ></span ></span ></span ></p > <p ><span style="font-size:16px;" ><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" ><a href="mailto:barbara.wietlisbach@nkces.org" >barbara.wietlisbach@nkces.org</a >&nbsp;</span ></span ></p >