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Welcome to Assistive Technology
Assistive technology (AT) allows students to access their curriculum and the instructional technology in the classroom.  The goal of AT is to help a student perform classroom tasks more easily or efficiently, perform it in the least restrictive environment and/or perform successfully with less personal assistance.

AT includes a range of low/no tech to high tech devices, gadgets, hardware or software used by a student with a disability. The AT assists the student to do things for themselves that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do because of their disability.  Some things aren't considered AT until a student needs them to meet their IEP or 504 goals.

AT eliminates barriers, enhances capabilities, and allows a student with a disability to do the things that we might take for granted in life.  It builds on a student's skills and strengths to assist them in gaining access to the curriculum.

AT supports the needs of students with IEPs and 504 plans within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), and includes a team based problem solving process that occurs at the school level.


Meet the Assistive Technology (AT) Team
Brevard Public Schools has a dedicated Assistive Technology Team made up of three Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), one Occupational Therapist (OT), and one Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher.  Having a diverse team ensures that there is knowledge and expertise across many of the different areas addressed by AT, including writing, reading, math, organization, communication, and access.

Should a school based IEP or 504 team have questions regarding AT, please start with your assigned school contact. Your AT Contact will then bring in other members of the AT team based on their discipline to support the team in meeting the needs of the student.

AT Specialist

Schools Served

Janine ChimeraMS., CCC-SLP

 Janine Chimera

Creel, Croton, DeLaura MS, Eau Gallie HS, Harbor City, Holland, Johnson MS, Longleaf, Ocean Breeze, Roy Allen, Sabal, Satellite HS, Sea Park, Sherwood, South ALC, Surfside


Private, Charter, or Child Care
Ascension, Journeys, No Limits Academy, Our Lady of Lourdes, Rising Star Academy, Sancta Familia

Nancy Frana, MS., CCC-SLP

Nancy Frana

Apollo, Astronaut HS, Atlantis, Audubon, Cambridge, Cape View, Challenger 7, Cocoa HS, Coquina, Endeavour, Enterprise, Fairglen, Fieldston, Imperial Estates, Jackson MS, Lewis Carroll, Madison MS, Mims, Oak Park, Pinewood, Riverview, Saturn, SpaceCoast Jr/Sr, Stevenson, Titusville HS


Private, Charter, or Child Care
Alpha Academy, Atlantic Inclusive, Campus Charter, Einstein, Montessori, Emma Jewel, Park Ave. Baptist, Sculptor, St. Teresa's

Kathy Holloway, MS.,CCC-SLP

Andersen, Clearlake Educational Center, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr, Edgewood Jr/Sr, Freedom 7, Golfview, Jefferson MS, Kennedy MS, Manatee, McNair, Merritt Island HS, Mila, North/Central ALC, Quest, Rockledge HS, Roosevelt, Suntree, Tropical, Viera HS, Williams


Private, Charter, or Child Care
Devereux, Divine Mercy, Lighthouse Christian, Merritt Island Christian, Our Savior, St. Marks, St. Mary's, Viera Charter

Janice Kelly, OTR/L, ATP

 Janice Kelly

Central MS, Gemini, Hoover, Indialantic, McAuliffe, Meadowlane Intermediate, Meadowlane Primary, Melbourne HS, Palm Bay HS, Riverdale, Stone MS, University Park, West Melbourne, West Shore Jr/Sr


Private, Charter, or Child Care
Central Catholic HS, Educational Horizon, Holy Name, Imagine Schools, Space Coast Early Intervention Center (SCEIC), West Melbourne Christian

Michelle Patterson, MS, NBCT

 Michelle Patterson

Bayside HS, Columbia, Discovery, Heritage HS, Jupiter, Lockmar, Palm Bay, Port Malabar, Riviera, Southwest MS, Sunrise, Turner, Westside


Private, Charter, or Child Care
Brevard Christian, Calvary Chapel, Covenant Christian, Odyssey Charter, Palm Bay Academy, Royal Palm, St. Joseph, Trinity Lutheran


Assistive Technology Process
All IEP teams must consider whether a student with a disability requires an AT device and service.
Consideration is a discussion that takes place during the IEP team meeting using known information and results of screenings and/or evaluations. This information allows for an informed decision regarding AT already being used, trying different AT devices, or discontinuing AT that may currently be in place.


Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper
The purpose of this Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) is to clarify and provide information regarding the provision of AT for students with disabilities. This TAP will help IEP teams complete the following:

    • Consider AT
    • Assist students in the selection, acquisition and use of AT
    • Understand timelines regarding some AT services
    • Identify resources to support the use of AT to ensure the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)
    • Understand transition of AT

Assistive Technology Technical Assistance Paper (TAP) - August 21, 2013


Professional Development Opportunities

Boardmaker Training
Beginner level training to learn how to create materials with Boardmaker software for communication boards, visual supports and teacher materials. This training will include shortcuts, tips and tricks. You will have time to make materials for immediate use with your students. Bring any photos you want to use in creating materials and you may bring a flash drive to save materials created throughout the day.

Core Vocabulary and State Standards Training
Introductory workshop to learn how to increase participation of students with complex communication needs through the use of Core Vocabulary. Includes hands-on practice and creating materials to take and use with your students. 

Low-to-Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Organization, Reading & Math
Description: To expand knowledge and explore low-to-mid tech tools and strategies for writing, organization, reading and math in all classrooms. The training will include hands-on tools for all areas, learn & practice handwriting and typing assessment, use learning & organization checklists, and tools to help students ACCESS standards and curriculum. Implementation Activity/Follow-up required for in-service credit. Target Audience: ESE personnel, Gen. Ed. Teachers, Speech and Occupational Therapists.

Visual Supports Training
Some prior Boardmaker experience is needed as this training provides an opportunity to learn about and create visual supports with Boardmaker software for students and teacher materials that can be used immediately. The day will include resources, shortcuts, tips and tricks.

Training Dates:

  • Dec. 4, 2015 – Low to Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Math, and Organization, ProGOE Section #391116

  • Jan. 26, 2016 - Low to Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Math, and Organization, ProGOE Section #392219

  • Jan. 29, 2016 – Core Vocabulary (a strategy for augmentative/alternative communication), ProGOE Section #392222

  • Feb. 11, 2016 - Low to Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Math, and Organization, ProGOE Section #392220

  • Feb. 16, 2016 – BoardMaker (software to create visual materials), ProGOE Section #392218

  • Mar. 10, 2016 - Low to Mid Tech Tools for Writing, Math, and Organization, ProGOE Section #392221