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What do you get when you fill a room with statewide and national leaders with a shared vision for supporting student access to assistive technology? In August, 2006 we found out. Last year, Jeff Diedrich from the Michigan Assistive Technology Resources (MATR) suggested that state department of education specialists meettogether informally at Closing the Gap.The attending state representatives realized they faced similar challenges, and would benefit from collaborating. The group agreed to continue to meet, and a formal meeting was scheduled in Arizona, sponsored by the AZ. Department of Education, and hosted by froma Cummings, the AZ AT leader. An …

The purpose of SLATE is to develop, support and maintain collaborative work among assistive technology leaders designated by state departments of education in a way that increases awareness, understanding and use of assistive technology and universal design for learning as a tool for educational participation and achievement.SLATE seeks to promote alignment and common understanding, ensures accountability for services, and explores issues of importance through Committees of Common Interest. In addition, SLATE seeks to build connections with other organizations that lead to the provision of quality services that promote participation and high achievement for all students.In October 2005, a group of …

By the time this publication reaches your hands, The State Leaders in AT in Education(SLATE) will have met in Orlando, continuing their work to develop, support and maintain collaborative work among state department of education assistive technology specialists. SLATE is comprised of representatives of state departments of education or their designee who have primary responsibilities in assistive technology. While representatives have been identified for most states, not all states have participated in our founding meetings. It is a goal for SLATE to have representation from every state to contribute to our collegial work.At our January meeting, SLATE members will have …

The State Leaders of Assistive Technology in Education (SLATE) met in January at the ATIA conference in Orlando, FL to discuss issues related to the statewide provision of assistive technology in education. Over 20 states were represented in this most recent SLATE meeting, providing attendees the opportunity to share common concerns and creative solutions related to universal design for learning, provision of assistive technology, and implementation of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) to insure the timely provision of accessible instructional materials.SLATE members discussed the need for universally designed statewide assessments to insure accessibility for a larger number of …