SC School Districts AT Resources

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SC School Districts AT Resources

Aiken County Public Schools: Assistive Technology Loan Library

Primary Contact:
April Cullum, MCD, CFY-SLP
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Department of Special Programs
1000 Brookhaven Drive
Aiken, SC 29803
(803) 641-2624
(803) 641-2628 (fax)
acullum@aiken.k12.sc.us

Other AT Team Members:

Who is eligible to use your district’s AT? Aiken County Schools' students with IEPs or 504 Plans, as well as teachers/staff. To make an appointment, contact a member of the district's AT Team.

Geographical area served: Aiken County Public Schools

AT offered for demonstration: Our team will demonstrate, by request, any of our AT items listed for loan to specific groups (students, teachers, parents) within or school district and/or in neighboring counties.

AT offered for loan and use: Our library has over 3000 listings on our database in the areas of Equipment, Software, Hardware, and Resources. All but a few items, reserved for use by the AT Team for assessments, are available for loan by the school district staff.

Who can come to see/try/use/borrow your Assistive Technology? Aiken County Schools Department of Special Education students, teachers/staff, and neighboring school districts can utilize AT, based on availability, on an as needed basis. Items may be checked out from our library for trial use. Often teachers will consult with AT Team members and ask for items that may be appropriate to try with their students. Our district has a Referral/Assessment Process in place.

AT items are in the following categories:

  • Assistive Devices for Access to Education
    • Equipment
    • Software
    • Hardware
    • Resource Materials

Our AT Team does on-site assessments of students in their school setting. Our staff could share what our experience has been in getting our program established, as well as our experience maintaining the program. Our goal is to provide more training and professional development on assistive technology, as well as Universal Design for Learning (UDL), within our district to teachers and support staff. We will be happy to discuss our AT process with any other districts trying to set up and/or organize their AT program.

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Beaufort County School District
Special Services Department AT-Team

Primary Contact: Cathy M. Catoe, Occupational Therapist, 30 School Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, 843-342-4100, cc5805@beaufort.k12.sc.us or call at Hilton Head Elementary, (843)342-4368 Other contacts: Ruby Stradford Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP/ Related Services Coordinator, Beaufort County School District, rsj7052@beaufort.sc.us

Eligibility: Students within Beaufort County School District, students with special needs in Beaufort County Schools

Geographical area served: Beaufort County, which includes the cities of: Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, all 25 schools. The Assistive Technology Team is being developed at this time. In the past, individual students have been assessed for Assistive Technology by the team members working with each student, and other SLP's who have knowledge of technology. We have an AT procedure that is addressed in the IEP team meetings.

AT offered for demonstration: At the present time, we have a variety of low to moderate technology equipment, such as single switches, adapted toys, assistive software i.e. Inspiration, Co:Writer. We have communication devices, LOTTIE KIT switches and mounts. A loan library is one of our goals.

AT offered for use: We have a variety of pressure switches, word processors, and various software within each schools computer system. Our vision teacher as a multitude of assistive technology equipment in use with our visually handicapped students.The need for assistive technology is discussed at the IEP meeting. If a decision cannot be solved at that point, a referral is made to the technology team. However, this responsibility has recently shifted from personnel, and the development of a team and library of equipment is on the agenda. All staff working with individual students are involved in determining the need and type of equipment indicated, as well as input from family members.

We are involved in the following areas of AT:

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software

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Calhoun County School Distict
http://www.calhoun.k12.sc.us/

AT Team Members:

AT Team helps determine appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • seating/positioning
  • augmentative communication devices
  • computer access hardware
  • computer access software
  • educational software

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Charleston County School District

Primary Contact: 
Valerie Kroesen, M.S. CCC-SLP NBTC, ATP
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Office of Exceptional Children
75 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
valerie_kroesen@charleston.k12.sc.us
(843) 937-6611

AT offered for demonstration: A variety of assistive technology devices are available for demonstration.  Assistive Technology Trainings are provided throughout the school year as well as teacher recertification classes.  Please contact Stacy Springer for more information.

AT offered for loan/use: Assistive Technology evaluations are conducted for students with disabilities on an individual basis to determine needed devices and supports in their customary environments.  CCSD has procedures in place on how to submit a referral for an Assistive Technology evaluation and Assistive Technology related services.

Assistive Technology devices are available for CCSD team members to loan on short-term trial basis.  Our inventory includes assistive technology devices in all areas including: communication, computer access, writing, play/leisure, reading & math, seating/positioning & mobility, self-care, vision, and hearing.  Assistive Technology trainings & classes are provided throughout the year.  Additional trainings related to areas of need for teams, students, and devices are also available upon request.

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Florence District One Assistive Technology Library

Lester Elementary School
3501 East Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29506

Primary Contact: Diane Roth, Speech Pathologist, Lester Elementary School, 3501 E. Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29506, 843-664-8459

Eligibility: Florence District One students, by teacher/parent referral

AT for demonstration: Various types of scanners; adaptive switches, Cheaptalks, BigMacks, various adaptive mice for the computer, adaptive toys, adaptive tape recorders, some computer software, Message Mate. All items available for loan to students for school use on school property. AT can be seen or borrowed by other professionals or parents.

School staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software
  • Low-tech communication: Scanners, Cheaptalks, BigMacks
  • Recreational use: Adaptive toys, adaptive tape recorders

If time is available, school staff can go offsite to help with AT needs of students. School staff can provide training and technical assistance in low-tech communication devices, adaptive toys/tape recorders and the use of DynaVox communication devices

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Florence County School District Three
www.florence3.k12.sc.us

AT Team Members:

  • Mary Jo Schneider, MA, CCC-SLP, AT Lead Therapist, J.C. Lynch Elementary, 124 Hicks Road, Coward, S.C. 29530 (843-389-3323 ext.3613)  mschneider@florence3.k12.sc.us
  • Kacie Young, PT, Office of Exceptional Children, 318 E. Main Street,Lake City, S.C. 29530 (843-374-2393 ext.2260)
    kyoung@florence3.k12.sc.us

Eligibility: Referrals for screenings are received from the district's School Intervention Teams. AT team members then meet with the teacher and observe the student in the classroom. If further evaluation is needed, the student's strengths and needs are assessed and the appropriate device/equipment is then put in place to enhance the student's classroom/academic skills. Training is provided to the student, teachers, parents and other caregivers. The AT team provides follow-up services throughout the year.

AT offered for demonstration, loan and use: Our AT center houses over 500 devices, equipment, software, hardware and resources for demonstration, loan and use. These items are listed in our database and include low tech items, augmentative communication devices, mounts, alternative access methods for the computer, and an extensive library of software that teaches switch operation, word prediction, and scanning to improve reading and writing skills. Demonstration sessions are on-going throughout the school year.

Florence County School District Three teachers, students and staff, local agencies and neighboring school districts are welcome to request demonstrations or may make a loan request on an "as available" basis.

The AT Team determines appropriate AT use in the following areas: Seating and positioning, aids for daily living, augmentative communication devices, assistive devices for hearing impairments, assistive devices for visual impairments, computer access hardware, computer access software, educational software

District staff, if approved by the Superintendent and the Director of the Office of Exceptional Children, will assess and help to determine appropriate AT needs for individuals.

District staff can provide training to other AT service providers in the state in the areas of augmentative communication needs, alternative access methods, and identification of software needs to improve literacy and language skills.

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Florence Five Schools

Primary Contact: Becky Lundy, Director of Special Services, Florence Five Schools, PO Box 98, Johnsonville, SC 29555 843-386-2358, blundy@do.flo5.k12.sc.us

AT is available through the district office to students in all three schools. We provide service as needed and identified. We primarily provide laptops and some communication boards.

Our teachers and therapists assist in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software

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The School District of Greenville County

Primary Contact: Ruth Taylor, Assistive Technology Specialist, 4124 East North St., Greenville, SC 29615, 864.292.7370, rtaylor@greenville.k12.sc.us

Eligibility: Students enrolled in programs/schools in the School District of Greenville County

Please contact Ruth Taylor for information regarding observation, evaluation, or loan of equipment for Assistive Technology

AT for demonstration:

  • Dynavox
  • Fl4sh
  • Symbol based (Boardmaker)
  • Written Expression
  • WYNN
  • Big Keys
  • Write:Outloud

AT offered for loan: As needed to meet the student's needs. We have extensive checkout materials with personalized in-services

AT offered for use by students:

  • Whatever is needed to meet the student's need to access the curriculum.
  • Who can come to see/try/use/borrow your assistive technology? 
    Teachers and students of Greenville County
  • Materials describing the AT process are being posted on the speech Language website and through the special education coordinators.  A web site is under construction.

District staff assists with determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Seating and positioning
  • Manual and powered mobility
  • Augmentative communication devices
  • Assistive devices for hearing impairments
  • Assistive devices for visual impairments
  • Computer access hardware
  • Computer access software
  • Educational software
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Written expression

Training is provided for teachers, SLPs, OTs, and parents as needed.

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Greenwood School District 50

Primary Contacts: Lou Hilley, OTR/L (864-941-5563), Shirley Glancey, MS/RPT (864-941-5438)

Students needing assistive technology are referred to Occupational or Physical Therapy Services. We do not have a library. We assess on a case by case basis and acquire/order any necessary equipment. Teacher, Parent, or Doctor referral is received. Permission to evaluate is obtained, and an evaluation is performed to determine necessary Assistive Technology

Students served: Students in Greenwood School District 50 ages 3-21

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software

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Horry County Schools

Primary Contact: Dr. Bonnie Weeks, Assistive Technology Coordinator,
Horry County Schools, PO Box 260005, Conway, SC 29528, (843) 488-6805
bweeks@do.hcs.k12.sc.us

We have trial devices for special education students and we provide information concerning assistive technology to teachers and parents. We take requests for screenings from school IEP teams. If after an observation, it is determined an AT evaluation needs to be completed, the district AT team will complete an evaluation.

We do our observations and evaluations in the educational environment of the school district where the student may be using the assistive technology.

AT offered for loan and use: We offer various devices for loan if after an evaluation is completed, a student requires a certain device to meet IEP goals. These items are available to students in special education programs who may need assistive technology to meet IEP goals and school district personnel who wish to learn more about assistive technology.

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software

District staff can help provide AT team training to other AT service providers in the state.

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Kershaw County School District Special Services Dept. Assistive Technology Team

Primary Contact: Celeste Ranson,OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Special Services Dept., 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020, (803)425-8925
ransonc@atec.kershaw.k12.sc.us

AT Team Members:

  • Monica Lloyd, SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Special Services Dept., 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020, (803)425-8925, lloydm@bes.kershaw.k12.sc.us
  • Holly Myers, Autism Itinerant / Behavior Specialist Teacher, Special Services, 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020, (803)425-8925, myers@atec.kershaw.k12.sc.us
  • Elizabeth Steele, RPT, Physical Therapist, Special Services Dept., 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020, (803)425-8925, steelee@atec.kershaw.k12.sc.us

Consultants:

  • Barabra Nelson, Vision Impaired Itinerant Teacher, 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020, (803)425-8925, nelsonb@chs.kershaw.k12.sc.us
  • Maggie West, Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher, 874 Vocational Lane, Camden, SC 29020

The KCSD Assistive Technology Team is available to all students receiving special education and their guardians, as well as, Special Education providers in the Kershaw County School District. A referral is made by an IEP team member and then the appropriate paperwork is collected by an AT team member prior to beginning the AT assessment. The paperwork consist of a parent permission form, an Ecological inventory, and a parent questionnaire.

AT offered for demonstration and use: We have an Assistive Technology Lab where all of our devices/equipment, software,and hardware is housed. In the past, we have held an "OPEN HOUSE" where everything was demonstrated from low tech to high tech in the areas of communication, mobility, computer access, daily living, and recreation and leisure. We have over 53 pieces of equipment/devices for loan in the areas mentioned above. We have over 53 pieces of equipment and/or devices for use of a trial period. If identified as appropriate, the student may continue to use the device (in most cases) until one can be ordered and received. Our core team consists of 4 individuals. We generally see the student at his or her school located in Kershaw County.

Anyone is allowed to make an appointment to come and see our lab and certainly try out the equipment. The equipment is available to those receiving special education and their parents, as well as, special education providers in the Kershaw County School District.

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software
  • Mobility adn Recreation/Leisure as related to the student's needs.

Anyone is welcome to visit our lab. We have made books and other materials such as Power Point switch activities to enhance the student's opportunities for inclusion. We would love to be a Resource for other AT teams in our state. They are welcomed to come and visit to see and hear about our progression over the past 3 years. We are knowledgeable about loading software, different switches, and interfaces.

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Lancaster County School District
http://www.lancasterscschools.org/home.aspx

Primary Contact: Kathy Durbin, Ph.D., NCSP, Student Services Director, Lancaster County School District, 300 South Catawba Street, Lancaster, South Carolina 29720, 803/416-8876, kdurbin@lcsd.k12.sc.us

Usually a need for AT is identified by either the parent or classroom teacher. A request is made for an assessment. The person who does our assistive technology usually observes the student in his/her academic setting and talks with the classroom teacher, special education teacher, aide, and therapists as well as the parent and student before making any recommendations for the student.

AT offered for student use: Dragon Naturally Speaking, AlphaSmarts with Co:Writer, textbooks on CD, paraprofessionals, switches. Parents, teachers and students in the district can come to see, try or use AT.

Staff helps determine appropriate AT for individual students in the following areas:

  • Computer Access Hardware
  • Computer Access Software
  • Educational Software

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Lexington 5

Primary Contact: Sara Patton, Assistive Technology Lead Teacher, 6745 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212, 803-732-8100 ext. 174
sbpatton@lex5.k12.sc.us

AT offered for use: In classrooms being used, we have Alpha Smarts, CalcuScribe, minikeyboard,Big Keys Keyboard, Big Macs, Intellikeys Keyboards, Touch Windows, Boardmaker, Intellitalk II and III, Overlay Maker, Wynn Wizard, Co:Writer, Write Outloud, Kidspiration, Inspiration, DT Trainer, Switch Interface Pro, Tech/Speak Scan, etc. - just to name a few

We have an Assistive Technology Advisory Committee that assists in Assistive Technology Evaluations throughout our district in the following areas. We do our Assistive Technology Evaluations in the student's school/classroom.

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software

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Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5
www.orangeburg5.k12.sc.us

Primary Contacts:

  • Janette Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP, District AT Team Coordinator, 803-535-1696 (phone), 803-535-1610 (fax)
  • Robert Hawks, AT Loan Center

All teachers (primarily Sp.Ed. teachers, but not limited to) are invited to request or puruse the AT Center cabinet for devices that may be useful with students in their classrooms.  The teacher signs out the selected devices and is instructed to use it as long as necessary to evaluate its effectiveness.  If the device is effective, then the teacher is to initiate a requests to the Exceptional Services Office for the purchase of this device for student or the classroom. The AT team is made up of a Physical Therapist, Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Therapists and Administrators.

AT Devices Offered for Demonstration or Loan: A variety of communication devices (Cheap Talks, Hip Talkers, Four Frame Talkers, Go Talk, Communication Builder, Talk Back, Big Macks, Step By Step, Voice Max, etc.), therapeutic vibrator (pillows, toys, etc.), Picture Symbol books, a few computer games, IntelliKeys, 3 AlphaSmarts, various switches and buttons, mounting arms, sensory-motor and grasping devices, weighted vests & blanket, ankle and wrist weights various tactile stimulation devices,  and books & videos on using A.T.

Loans are available to all teachers; we have also have loaned A.T. devices to personnel from near-by school districts and private speech therapists.

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Richland County School District One

AT Team Members:

  • Pattie Lewis, RPT
  • Victoria Osborne, SLP
  • Kathleen White, OTR/L

Special education students and student's on a 504 Plan currently use the AT Center or materials/hardware or software from the center. A referral for screening is received and the core team members go to the school to observe the student in the educational environment and meet with teachers. This allows us to find what the students needs are and where AT can facilitate the educational process. We train the students and all those working with the student with the program or device.

AT offered for demonstration: Low tech items, alternative access methods for computer input, all types of software from cause/effect to keyboarding to word prediction to literacy development programs, in addition to aug. comm. and alternative handwriting are offered for demonstration. We also have mounts for devices and can assist with seating and positioning and mobility.

AT offered for loan and use: Software, hardware, mounts, low tech items and aug. comm. devices are available for loan. These are available to RCSD 1 students; We have made our AT center available for other districts to come and evaluate students and have loaned them equipment to try on a short term basis.

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software
  • Alphasmarts
  • Modified books - toys - dail scans - eye gaze boards - green bar paper - pencil grips - elevated work surfaces - adjustable tables -magnetic surfaces - switches - positioning equipment

District staff, if approved by the Executive Director of Special Education, is willing to assist in evaluation AT needs for students and adults outside of the district.

AT training for other AT service providers in the state: We have instructed a class in Assistive Technology offered through the district to district employees and to persons out of the district. Sessions include information on seating, positioning, mobility, placement of educational materials and devices, alternative computer access, software, alternative hand writing, augmentative communication devices, (high and low tech) modified books, how to modify lesson plans for students with special needs in the general education classes, EADL(electronic aids for daily living) and recreation. We can also offer assistance with troubleshooting in these areas.

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Richland School District 2 Assistive Technology Team

Primary Contact: Mary M. Drew, based at Spring Valley High School
120 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC 29229, Coordinator or Assistive Tech. Team; Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Other AT Team members:

  • Rachel Clary - Teacher of the hearing impaired
  • Carolyn Allen - School psychologist
  • Teresa Ivey - Occupational therapist
  • Shelley Ionescu - Occupational therapist
  • Marian Michael - Physical therapist
  • Kathy Myers - Speech therapist

We receive a referral from parent and/or teacher an schedule evaluation times. We evaluate and then place needed equipment with child for use throughout school year. Teachers, parents and any other involved school person or agency person may be included in evaluation

AT offered for demonstration: positioning devices; augment; fine motor; magnification, etc.

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Aids for Daily Living (for example, magnifying glasses, talking watches)
  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness
  • Computer Access – Hardware
  • Computer Access – Software
  • Positioning

We can share methods we use to evaluate and what we have learned through the 5 years we have been functioning as a team with other service providers in the state.

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Spartanburg District 3
www.spa3.k12.sc.us

AT offered for use by special ed students:

  • roller ball mouse
  • intellikeys keyboard
  • AlphaSmarts

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Sumter School District 17

Primary Contact: Bunni Russell AT Coordinator, RussellB@sumter17.k12.sc.us

AT Team Members:

  • Bunni Russell AT Coordinator
  • Kristen Hackett PT
  • Debbie Morning  OT
  • Tyson Simmons OT
  • Patrina Calhoun COTA
  • Celeste Blackmon SLP

Teachers make a written request to Bunni Russell, AT Coordinator. The AT team meets to review the request.

AT offered for Demonstration and Loan: Augmentative Communication, Computer Programs, PT/OT equipment, AlphaSmarts. Teachers, SLPs, and parents can borrow and see equipment.

The AT Team helps determine appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • seating/positioning
  • manual/powered mobility
  • augmentative communication devices
  • assistive devices for hearing impairments
  • assistive devices for visual impairments
  • computer access hardware
  • computer access software
  • educational software
  • orientation and mobility
  • adapted prosthetics orthotics

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Timmonsville Educational Center Media Center

Primary Contact: Mary Bryant, Coordinator of Exceptional Education,843-346-5391, mary.bryant@excite.com

Geographical area served: Timmonsville, S.C. Florence School District Four

Information specifying the need is obtained and AT is offered for use as needed.

District staff assists in determining appropriate AT in the following areas:

  • Augmentative Communication Devices
  • Assistive Devices for Hearing Impairments/Deafness
  • Assistive Devices for Visual Impairments/Blindness

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