Webinar Archive: Prepping for an IEP Meeting: What You Need to Know About AT Consideration and Implementation

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Conducted March 5, 2008

This presentation provides an overview of two essential tools to help prepare IEP Team members in considering assistive technology to meet educational goals.

-- Assistive Technology Planner for Families: From IEP Consideration to Classroom Implementation. Based on research conducted by Margaret Bausch, Melinda Ault, and Ted Hasselbring at the National Assistive Technology Research Institute, this planner contains tools that IEP teams can use when considering, selecting, and implementing assistive technology for a student.

-- TAM Technology Fan: AT Considerations for Academic Success. This handy fan provides endless ideas and examples of assistive technology with the academic content areas. Developed by national experts—Tara Jeffs, Penny Reid, Cynthia Warger, and Joy Zabala—the TAM Technology Fan provides IEP team members and practitioners with a sampling of assistive technology devices that may help a student succeed academically.


Margaret E. Bausch
is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky (UK) where she served as the Co-Principal Investigator of the National Assistive Technology Research Institute.

Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Bausch was a resource room teacher and spent more than 15 years at UK as a Disability Program Specialist where she was involved in all aspects of research and product development related to special education technology. She currently teaches courses in Assistive Technology and Assistive Technology Assessment in the graduate and undergraduate training programs at UK.

Tara Jeffs
is the director of the Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

As both director and teacher educator, she has the opportunity to talk and provide assistive technology technical assistance to hundreds of parents and teachers a year through the center's community outreach and the College of Education's Clinical Schools Network partnership. With 12 years of high school teaching experience in the area of Special Education, the integration of technology into the teaching and learning process is core to her research agenda. Tara received her Ph.D. in Assistive Technology, from George Mason University in Virginia. She is currently the President of the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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