Assistive Technology

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.

Barbara Wietlisbach

Barbara Wietlisbach

I am the assistive technology consultant with NKCES.  I am a Rehabilitation Engineer who has worked in the field of assistive technology since 2000.  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.  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).

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


NKCES Request for Services

NKCES Assistive Technology Evaluation Referral Form


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