Pupil Support Services

What Is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technologies are the tools and strategies that act to liberate the use of technology for all students as well as to provide new ways to "assist" interactions and learning. They act to "augment abilities and bypass or compensate for a disability" (Lewis, 1994).


National Public Website on Assistive Technology

This site is sponsored by the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (GT) College of Architecture (COA) through funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

The Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI)

A statewide resource center designed to assist schools in obtaining specialized materials for students with visual impairments.

The new and updated PVC Book (PDF 610 KB) includes instructions for making Low Tech AT devices/solutions. It was provided by the Assistive Technology Educational Network in Florida and has many great ideas including providing ideas for supporting AAC devices and books/reading materials for our students. 

Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)

Designing Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) activities for students

Developing and Using Communication Books

Creating Symbol Communication Boards for Reading

  • AAC Intervention.com - Many activities and low tech ideas for providing communication are here. Also, tutorials on how to use software!
  • Project Participate…low tech ideas for making boards.
  • AAC Listserv - This is a listserv if you want to learn from others how they are designing AAC systems for others.

Communication Board Development using Boardmaker Resources  

  • www.speakingofspeech.com - (Must have Boardmaker Software from Mayer Johnson for this.)
  • Baltimore City Schools Adapted Book Site - There are hundreds of books with communication boards ready to download! Our media specialist and assistant area already starting this task for books at Everhart. Ask to see a Sample!
  • Adaptive Technology Services - Resource for those interested in articulation boards and handouts on idioms which have been engineered with Boardmaker symbols
  • Special Education Technology - British Columbia - Their resources have some good sample boards. Click on Resources, then Overlays, Templates…
  • Lots of Stories and literacy materials here that have been adapted with Boardmaker!

Visually Cued information using Boardmaker and other symbols:

  • Tinsnips is a special education resource site. It contains tools for teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs. Quite a few of the activities are also appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten.
  • Beyond Autism Pecs Pictures /Icon Page - On this page you will find all kinds of great resources for Communication, Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication. They were simply all getting to large and needed their own page! Hope you find some really helpful stuff here.

Talking Books

Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Ana Montero, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157 

School Health Services 
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County 
Linda Glover, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101 

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Bethany King, Supervisor

Patty Woods, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113 

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

State & Federal Projects
Jane Mahler, Supervisor

Betsy Hooper, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34061 

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3/27/2017 - Gulf Gate Kindergarten Roundup

3/28/2017 - Restorative Strategies Staff Training

3/28/2017 - Alta Vista Kindergarten Roundup

3/29/2017 - Charter Applicant Orientation

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