The Special Education Assistive Technology (SPED AT) Team for the Tacoma Public Schools was created in 2000 as a multi-discliplinary team. For the 2011-12 school year, the SPED AT Team has been expanded to include two program co-directors, an Occupational Therapist (OT), an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), a Psychologist, three special education Teachers, a Vision Specialist, and a representative from the District Technology Team (BERT). We provide resources and services to all special education students needing assistive technology to meet their IEP goals. We maintain a Resource/Lending Library to provide students and staff with a wide variety of technology and computer software in the areas of commmunication, computer access, reading and math. We also provide training for students, staff and parents and referral to outside agencies or services, as the need arises.
OUR MISSION IS:
The mission of the SPED AT Team is to promote lifelong access and learning opportunities for students with disabilities to enable them to be participating members of their communities through education, training, support and advocacy.
Our vision is to provide students with disabilities access to appropriate learning tools and training to enable them to be successful in meeting their IEP goals, become successful communicators and life-long learners.
♦ to provide effective collaboration with staff, parent(s), and other agencies;
♦ to provide staff, students, and parents with current information and resources on available assistive technology;
♦ to provide students with appropriate learning tools such as adaptive equipment and software to enable them to be academically successful;
♦ to facilitate adequate training for staff, students, parents and family members to insure that the learning tools are useful to the student;
♦ to develop an Assistive Technology Training Center to provide on-going training to staff, students, parents and family members; and
♦ to increase public awareness of current assistive technology and how it benefits those who need it.