Assistive Technology Partnership
Assistive Technology Partnership/Education (ATP/Education) provides statewide assistive technology services to children (birth to twenty-one) with special needs and their families, caregivers, teachers, service providers, etc. Some of the services offered by ATP/Educationinclude:
- Training: which may range from awareness of assistive technology to specific devices
- Consultations: child specific requests/identified needs
- Technical support: this may include phone support or on-site visitation
- Funding: assistance with working through the funding process and information on available sources of funding. Please note ATP/Education is not a funding source
- Equipment Loan Pool: short-term loans of devices
Because of Nebraska's size, ATP/Education has divided the state into five regions, with a statewide early childhood specialist and an educational specialist assigned to each area. Educational specialists are able to answer specific questions you might have or respond to requests for training, technical support, etc. There is no charge for services provided by ATP/Education. Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page if you would like the name of an educational specialist in your area.
Under Nebraska Rule 51, all decisions for a child on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) must be made through a team process. Educational specialists must operate within this team process. They work in conjunction with appropriate school personnel, parents, agency personnel, and most importantly, the student, to assist in determining what assistive technology will be most effective for the studen t.
Educational specialists provide the local educational team with guidance on gauging and selecting appropriate assistive technology. They do not make specific recommendations nor do they do evaluations on assistive technology. All decisions related to assistive technology services and devices are made by the school educational team.
ATP/Education has a statewide loan pool which offers opportunities to "try before you buy." You are able to borrow assistive technology for a short period of time to see if it is appropriate. The loan pool equipment is listed on the AT4ALL website (www.at4all.com). This website allows you to view the equipment available and request items via the site. The website includes descriptions and photos of the devices and links to the manufacturing companies.
ATP/Education is a good resource for information on where to purchase specific assistive technology. We work in conjunction with the Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP).
Patti Neill Assistive Technology Partnership/Education 1910 Meridian Cozad, NE 69130 PH: 308.784.4525 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org