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Assistive Technology

An assistive technology device is any thing that improves the functional performance of a student with a disability.

Assistive technology services assist in the selection, acquisition, and use of an assistive technology device. Assistive technology (AT) services include evaluation within the child's customary environment; acquiring the device(s); customizing, repairing or replacing device(s); training the student, parents, and professionals/others involved with the student. 

School districts are required to provide AT devices and services that are needed by a student to participate in or make progress in the general education curriculum. IEP teams must consider whether AT devices/services are needed at least at every IEP meeting. 

Information about AT Consideration

Information about AT Assessment


Student Inventory for Technology Supports (SIFTS)

CCESC AT Lending Library

Columbiana County partner school districts may borrow library items for the purpose of student assessment. Most items may be borrowed for up to four weeks. 


  • Determine potential tools based on a feature matching process (such as SETT or SIFTS). Refer to the CCESC AT Loan Library list below to see if we have the item(s) you need.
  • Complete the request form below. The AT consultant will contact you to schedule a trial and arrange delivery/pickup.
  • The student’s team members will conduct the trial and collect data on effectiveness. The AT consultant can provide technical assistance in setting up the trial or in use of the device, if needed. 
  • The AT will be returned to CCESC in the same condition it was borrowed. Any missing parts or non-working devices will be the responsibility of the district. 

List of AT Lending Library devices

Complete a simple form to borrow trial tools for up to four weeks.

AT Library loan request form

The AT Lending Library is funded in part by the Ohio Department of Education through the Straight A grant Students Transitioning to Achieve Real Success (STARS).

Please note that if the CCESC AT Lending Library does not have the equipment you need, you may find it through the OCALI Lending Library or Assistive Technology of Ohio.

Learn about AT

Assistive Technology Internet Modules - high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost. Fee-based professional development certificates and graduate credit hours are now available.

Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center - a centralized, responsive resource center that empowers individuals with disabilities by providing accessible educational materials, access to assistive technologies and highly specialized technical assistance and professional development support.


Ohio Assistive Technology Resource Guide - details the assessment process; includes an information gathering form.

CCESC AT Consideration Guide - a process for comprehensively considering AT

Assistive Technology and Accessible Educational Materials Center - houses the OCALI lending library and the AEM acquisition center.

Assistive Technology of Ohio Lending Library - hundreds of devices across functional areas to try for 30 days.

Speech Recognition as AT for Writing - a guide for considering, using and assessing SR in school.


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Anna Marie Vaughn, Superintendent
38720 Saltwell Road
Lisbon, OH 44432

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