(This article was originally printed in the Friends of ATIA September 2011 Back to School Issue. It is reprinted here in order to encourage candid discussion and sharing of strategies for AT Assessment services.)
Just like a garden needs different care from a gardener depending on the time of the year, students and educators need different supports for assistive technology use as they move through the school year. With each new school season comes change—changes in our students, changes in what they are learning, and changes in our own AT services. Just as we cannot simply plant a seed and expect to immediately see a plant, we cannot give a student assistive technology and expect to see immediate success.