Assistive Technology

Wayne Assistive Technology Team — WATT

WATT provides AT services to local districts and public school academies in the Wayne County.

Location:
West End of Burger-Baylor\
29115 Carlysle
Inkster, MI 48141
Phone number: 734-334-1701
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday
Fax: (734) 334-1467

Assistive Technology

For individuals with disabilities, Assistive Technology (AT) improves access to education, employment, independent living, recreation, and participation in the community. The importance of assistive technology is at the heart of the Assistive Technology Act of 2004

The AT Act promotes awareness and access to assistive technology devices and services.

The Assistive Technology Act of 2004 defines "AT Device" and "AT Service" as follows:

AT Device

AT Device is any item, piece of equipment, or product system (whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized) that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Some examples are durable medical equipment such as lifts, wheelchairs, speech communication devices, devices for hearing and vision, aids for daily living or recreation, etc.

AT Service

AT Service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology service such as an evaluation of AT needs, customizing, maintaining, repairing, or replacing AT devices.

Assistive Technology in the Classroom

AT in the classroom can provide powerful ways to accommodate students with special learning needs and is considered to be another strategy for expanding a student's access to the curriculum.

Considering a Student's Need for Assistive Technology

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 states that Assistive Technology must be considered annually for every student with a special need. The outcomes of the consideration process then become part of the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The need for assistive technology may be indicated when a student is having difficulty achieving his or her IEP goals and objectives, struggling to participate in classroom activities, or not making progress in the general education curriculum.

WATT is

  • Wayne County's Assistive Technology (AT) support.
  • Available to all Act 18 funded programs in Wayne County Public Schools and participating PSAs.
  • Support for teachers by offering assistance with integrating technology and accessible instructional materials into the curriculum.
  • Mandated by law to help students with special needs meet their IEP goals and objectives.
  • A FREE services, offered to teachers and parents of students with special needs.

WATT has

  • All the latest tools in the field of AT with thousands of pieces of equipment and software for loan to help students learn.
  • Helped hundreds of students each year by offering AT solutions to overcome learning issues and provides access to the learning environment.
  • Knowledgeable staff to will come to your school and make recommendations for students.
  • A proven record of helping students overcome disabilities and increase scores on testing.
  • Strategies, accomodations, and modifications that will assist students in inclusive settings to maintain their place in the general education population.

WATT will

  • Provide devices and services to help students with special needs academically.
  • Provide professional development and training to staff on strategies and software to meet the needs of all students.
  • Provide consultative services helping to determine the individual needs of your students.
  • Provide, on loan, various devices and software for your use.
  • Provide Make and Take sessions for material development.

 

Laura Begley
Assistive Technology Coordinator
734-334-1706
Derrick Graves
Assistive Technology Coordinator
734-334-1705
Christine Skoglund
Assistive Technology Coordinator
734-334-1707
Beverly Rodgers
Special Education
734-334-1703