SPEED’s team of Assistive Technology Specialists work collaboratively with teachers, parents and teams to develop and implement plans to meet the unique learning needs of students with disabilities in all SPEED schools and throughout our member districts. They work with IEP teams and individual teachers and students as requested.
Students who require individual devices to access their education are assessed through a special process to determine which device best fits their needs. All students enrolled in SPEED schools and programs have access to desktop computers, iPads or Chromebooks which are used for daily instruction. Most classrooms are equipped with SMARTBoards. The Assistive Technology specialists are instrumental in helping teachers and administrators integrate technology into the curriculum.
Assistive Technology Products and Devices:
Enabling Devices is a company dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions.
AbleNet is a world leader in assistive technology, curriculum, and services to help individuals with disabilities lead productive and fulfilling lives. This company believes that all people deserve the tools to help them learn about, interact with, and participate in the world around them.
Their learning materials, software, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) devices offer cutting-edge solutions to help children and adults with special needs realize their full potential and attain their goals!
Mayer-Johnson, creator of Boardmaker Software, is the leading special needs resource your special education and assistive technology super source.
Supplier of hardware equipment and software that helps people with special educational needs to use a computer, communicate and learn.
Advancing Independent Achievement through Technology.
Lesson plans and resources for your SMART Board
Board Maker Online
Use the Boardmaker Online to download and use fun and new activities created and shared by educators and parents.
SymbolWorld is a website created by Widgit Software specifically for symbol users. It has material for all ages and includes news, personal contributions, stories and learning materials
Assistive Technology Activity Links:
Welcome to the Tar Heel Reader, a collection of free, easy-to-read, and accessible books on a wide range of topics.
The home of accessible software, enabling children of all abilities to play, develop and achieve.
A special education resource for teachers of students with autistic spectrum disorder which includes: printable activity sheets, folder games, and communication
Informational Service and Supports:
SPEED’S Assistive Technology pins great information and resources related to Assistive Technology
Infinitec provides information about assistive technology as well as training, equipment, and access to specialists and resources. “Infinite potential through technology”
The ATIA is the global leader in assistive technology (AT) education and research and the premier organization for AT manufacturers, sellers and providers.
Closing the Gap
Resource directory for hardware, software and organizations for special education and rehabilitation.
Offers funding information, assistance, training, newsletters, and demonstration center.
With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.
Assistive Technology Specialist:
Fallon Mack - Early Learning Center (708)481-6100 ext 3505
Jane Cornelius - Program for Adaptive Learning (708)481-6100 ext 3504
Angelyn Isaac - Independence Elementary/High School (708)481-6100 ext 3506