The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT, 2005) is considered by many to be effective practices guidelines for describing quality assistive technology services. The QIAT model suggests that assistive technology assessment:
Many consider the Student, Environment, Tasks, Tools (SETT) Framework developed by Joy Zabala (2002) to be an effective organizational tool for AT assessment. It is not an assessment protocol, but rather a set of guiding questions and statements that support and encourage communication between the student, his/her family members, and professionals as they assess the individual’s need for AT devices and services. The SETT Framework is built on the premise that, in order to develop an appropriate system of assistive technology devices and services, teams must first gather information about the student, the customary environments in which the student spends his time, and the tasks that are required for the student to be an active participant in the teaching/learning process. The SETT Framework is available online as well.
The Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI), a recognized national leader in assistive technology best practice, has developed an AT assessment package that clearly outlines the assessment process. This package, along with other WATI products, are available for free at the WATI website.
Since many individuals are involved in a comprehensive assistive technology assessment, school divisions may find it helpful to have a process in place for tracking and completing the assessment. Here is a sample flow chart of the steps in completing a comprehensive AT assessment.