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Miguel is 14 years old. He is very social, enjoys school and has just finished the 8th grade. Miguel also has Downs syndrome. Knowing that he needs to be as independent as possible, his parents make sure his desires, newly developing interests and the things he’ll need in his new high school environments are recognized and addressed. Miguel has been using assistive technology to help him understand daily routines and to do tasks like cooking and taking care of his own personal hygiene. Miguel’s mother has come up with an adapted hook that attaches to his backpack so that he …

Sandra Root-Elledge, M.A. is the Interim Director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and Director of Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources and University of Wyoming ECHO in Assistive Technology. More information about her and about the programs described in this article, including the Wyoming Professional Learning Community in Assistive Technology, can be found at: http://www.uwyo.edu/wind Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. In the public school setting, she has been a general education teacher, a special education teacher and a school administrator. Today, Ms Bowser provides assistive …

A person with a disability who uses or needs AT can face a number of very real challenges and barriers when entering education programs after high school. The Quality Indicators for AT in Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS) project has developed tools and resources in an effort to address some of these issues. QIAT-PS aims to help programs develop high quality assistive technology (AT) service delivery in post-secondary educational environments. The QIAT-PS project is sponsored by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Southwest ADA Center, which are funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). QIAT-PS …

Finley has become a great communicator in her own right using very ‘unconventional’ communication methods. The Matrix has given us comfort to work within her strengths and abilities and not feel confined to standard methods.” ~ Parent of Finley This statement is exactly the positive perception of a complex communicator that Communication Matrix Community of Practice grant director, Dr. Charity Rowland, Ph.D., has been working towards since 1990, when the first printed version of the Communication Matrix Assessment was published. Through federally funded research grants, the printed version grew in 2004 as it added an online version with dynamic comparison …