As defined in IDEA, an assistive technology service is:  Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, and use of an assistive technology device. The term includes:

  1. The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment;
  2. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities;
  3. Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices;
  4. Coordinating and use other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs;
  5. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child’s family; and
  6. Training or technical assistance for professionals (including individuals or rehabilitation services), employers, or other individuals who provide services to employ, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of children with disabilities.

Events & Activities

Free webinars from Book Creator 

Each webinar is approximately 45 minutes.

  • Getting Started with Book Creator for Chrome, May 17, 7 pm
  • Check for Understanding with Book Creator, May 30, 6 pm
  • Elementary Spotlight: Using Book Creator in K-4 Classrooms, June 13, 7 pm
  • Using Book Creator for Reading Responses, June 21, 1pm
  • Real-Time Collaboration with Book Creator on Chrome, July 11, 1pm
  • Digital Storytelling with Book Creator, July 17, 6 pm
  • Getting Started with Book Creator for Chrome, July 26, 10 am
  • Favorite Apps to use with Book Creator (Chrome), August 1, 6 pm
  • Middle School Spotlight:  Using Book Creator in 5-8 Classrooms, August 14, 7 pm
  • High School Spotlight:  Using Book Creator in 9-12 Classrooms, August 28, 6 pm

Necessary Components of Successful AAC, Part 1: Consideration (webinar)

May 16, 2018, 3:30 - 5:00

AAC - New Low-Cost and Innovative Ways to Communicate (webinar)

May 23, 2018, 3:30 - 5 pm

Necessary Components Successful AAC, Part 2: Intervention (webinar)

June 5, 2018, 3:30 - 5 pm

Introduction to PODD Training (2 day)

Clinton County RESA (AAC - Communication)
June 27, 28 2018

Low Tech to High Tech: Empowering your Students to Write (webinar)

August 23, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Emergent Literacy for Students with Significant Disabilities

Clinton County RESA
September 24-25, 2018

Say What? AAC Assessment and Intervention for Children who Speak (webinar)

October 11, 2018, 3:30 -5:00

Making the Transition from Writing to Typing: Tools for the Student (webinar)

October 18, 2018, 3:30 -4:30

AssisTech Know 2018 - Kent ISD

October 18, 19 2018

Engineering Core Vocabulary into your Classroom  (webinar)

November 15, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

LAMP (One day training)

Ingham ISD
February 1, 2019

These events will be updated to include events from vendors, professionals and associations in the area of Assistive Technology and AAC. Inclusion of events on this page do not warrant an endorsement of the product, professional or association affiliated with the event.



Students who are struggling with reading can rely on various technology supports to ensure access and comprehension of the curriculum. Access to books through digital modes, text-to-speech programs, graphic organizers, OCR (optical character recognition) programs, annotation tools, display options and digital dictionaries are some of the tools that can be used by students. 

Access to Books/Educational Materials
Project Gutenberg   
Open Library
Capital Area District Library
East Lansing Public Library
Michigan Electronic Library
REMC13 Tumble Books
Tarheel Reader
Story Online Screen Actors Guild
RAZ Kids
Learning Ally
EPIC Books


Writing Supports
Google Chrome Accessibility
Handwriting Supports



Communication (AAC)

Assessment Resources:
Communication Matrix   
Pragmatic Profile for People who use AAC
Praactical AAC Assessment Forms
​Augmentative and Alternative Communication Profile

Contact Us

Jennifer Barnstable
Speech Pathologist
Philip Booth
Assistive Technology Consultant

To request AT services, email