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Success Stories

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DVR in the Mix Keeps Things Moving Smoothly Navigating the transition from high school to college can be a challenging process for anyone. Adding technology to the mix presents a whole new set of challenges. Kelly is... Continue Reading AT Solutions for Transition
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When our staff met Charlotte, she was in the second grade and just starting to fall behind the rest of her class. Charlotte has cerebral palsy and had trouble holding and controlling her pencil. Charlotte's school... Continue Reading Laptop Makes the Difference
As we support students who struggle meeting standards, often times a single Assistive Technology Evaluation is not enough to fully meet their needs. Many times we recommend technology that is quite complicated – not the kind of tool you’d want dropped into your classroom without any support to go... Continue Reading Ongoing Technical Support

Resources

Bookshare’s goal is to make the world of print accessible to people with disabilities. It is an online library of digital books that operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. In addition,... Continue Reading Bookshare.org
From switches to adaptive toys, this site is full of products that enable people with physical challenges to communicate, learn, work, play, and function more easily and effectively. If you find something here and want to try it before you buy it, check our Technology Lending Center to see if we... Continue Reading Enabling Devices
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. It offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you... Continue Reading Family Center on Technology and Disability
While Learning Ally remains a leading provider of audiobooks – including the world’s largest library of audio textbooks – Learning Ally has blossomed to become a critical resource to not only students in need, but also their parents, families, and educators. Continue Reading Learning Ally
The PARCC assessment system is an annual year-end test in English language arts/literacy, and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school. There are several different accommodations for students with disabilities that are built into PARCC, and one of the best ways to get to know them is to do... Continue Reading PARCC Accommodations

How We Can Help

We can help you identify the right type of assistive technology for a student. Our trained professionals work with the staff at your school, performing evaluations and providing training.

We offer:

  • Software to support reading and writing
  • Computer access
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Solutions from low-tech to high-tech

At Advancing Opportunities, we recognize that schools face challenges in funding and we offer different levels of support and AT options for nearly every budget.

Ongoing Support Contract for Districts and Colleges

This is a unique approach to helping schools and teachers meet their assistive technology needs. The Ongoing Support Contract provides an AT consultant on a regular basis to work in the school or district to perform trials, train students and staff, and act as a resource. This type of a contract is billed at our lowest rate, which means extra savings. Learn more about the Ongoing Support Contract.

How to Request an Assistive Technology Evaluation

We will come to your school and assess the student’s abilities and educational goals to see what type of assistive technology would work best. If needed, we can conduct a short-term trial of the technology, to confirm that it will help meet your goals before recommending purchase.

Based on the assessment and trial, we make a recommendation to the district. Once the recommendation is approved by the district, and equipment is purchased, we then can help train you with the new assistive technology to ensure you are using it effectively and are satisfied with the outcome.

To get the evaluation process started, the Child Study Team Case Manager completes the Request for District Contract form available here in PDF format. Submit the form via email or fax it to us at 609-882-4054.

Once we receive the Request for District Contract form, we will send you a contract to be signed by the district (typically the Director of Special Services). We also include a Student Referral Form, and evaluation referral packets. The case manager completes the Student Referral Form, and IEP team members complete questionnaires in the evaluation referral packets. Once these are completed and sent in, a member of the Assistive Technology Services department will contact you to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.