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About Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Defined

Any device or service that enables persons with disabilities to participate more fully and successfully in their life roles. 

Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Includes any tool or accommodation that allows learners who benefit from an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a federal section 504 plan to be included in educational opportunities. Assistive technology is another strategy for expanding a learner’s access to the curriculum.

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Considering Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology must be considered annually for every learner with an IEP or 504 plan.  The consideration outcomes are written into the learner's Individualized Education Plan.  Assistive Technology may be indicated when a learner is having difficulty achieving their IEP goals and objectives or making progress in the general education curriculum. Assistive Technology solutions should be explored when an IEP team identifies a learner struggling to participate in the classroom. Assistive Technology may be indicated when a learner has difficulty doing what his/her classmates are doing.

Delivery of Assistive Technology Services in Macomb County

Assistive Technology (AT) services are provided through a cooperative effort among local districts, the MISD, and related support agencies. A shared responsibility for assistive technology guides the provision of services by the MISD Assistive Technology Team. Providing appropriate assistive technology is an ongoing process of planning, problem solving, implementation, and data review.  It requires a team approach with a shared vision and shared responsibility for assessment, planning, and implementation.  For more information on the Macomb County AT process, please refer to the MISD AT Guide

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Initiating the Assistive Technology Process

In Macomb County, the AT process begins at the local district level. Each local district has identified an Assistive Technology Leadership Team.  Contact the MISD Assistive Technology Consultant, Jaimie Fons for information about the AT Leaders in your district. 

Assistive Technology and IDEA 2004

IDEA 2004 States:
"Annual Consideration of assistive technology devices and services is required for all children identified as having an exceptional need."

IDEA 2004 defines Assistive Technology Services as:
"Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device."

IDEA 2004 defines Assistive Technology Devices as:
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 children with disabilities.

Accessible Education Materials (AEM) Center

Personalizing the Reading Experience

Webinar: Personalizing the Reading Experience

Creating Accessible Publications with EPUB

Assessment to Determine Reading Accommodations

Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR)

Reducing Reading Complexity



Time for Kids



Windows to the Universe: Earth and Space Sciences Literature

Summarize Content

Text Compactor

Spark Notes

Vocabulary Support




Adjust the Reading View

Reader View: Chrome extension

Reader View in Microsoft Edge Browser

Safari Reader for iPhone

Reader View on Firefox for Android

Reading adjustments for Windows PC



Immersive Reader in Microsoft Edge Browser

Immersive Reader with Microsoft Learning Tools

Screen Reader: Windows Narrator


Speak Selection: Mac

Spoken Content: iPhone

Spoken Content: iPad

Screen Reader: VoiceOver


Text Read Aloud Options

Browser Extensions and/or Desktop Programs

Read&Write Free-for-Educators


Natural Reader

Kurzweil Education

Speechify for Chrome

Helperbird for Chrome

WebReader on Google Play

Convert Inaccessible Text with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Support

Seeing AI app

Microsoft Lens app


Voice Dream Scanner

ClaroSpeak app

Screenshot Reader with Read&Write Toolbar

Snapverter from Texthelp

Read&Write for Windows Scanner

Read&Write for Mac Scanner

Snap&Read Universal: OCR Tool

Digital Texts

Bookshare and Related Materials

About Bookshare

Bookshare Member-Preferred Tools

Bookshare Cost

Voice Dream Reader

More Digital Texts

Unite for Literacy

Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Shared Reader

GoOpenMichigan Textbooks

Michigan eLibrary

CAST UDL Book Builder

Clarkness eBooks

Storyline Online

SET-BC Accessible Texts

Start-to-Finish by Don Johnston


Collins eBooks

Mobile Apps to Support Reading

Apple Books

vbookz Audiobooks

Starfall Learn to Read

I Like Books

Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center

AEM Center: Personalizing the Writing Experience

Assessments to Determine Writing Accommodations

Directions and Supporting Documents for Administration of the DeCoste Writing Protocol (DWP)

Written Productivity Profile: Spelling

Written Productivity Profile: Handwriting and Keyboarding

Curriculum-Based Measure for Written Expression: Instructions

Curriculum-Based Measure for Written Expression: Norms

No-Tech Tools

Writing Tools

Low-Tech Tools

Neo2 Alphasmart Word Processor

Alphasmart 3000

Franklin Talking Dictionary and Spell Corrector

Alternative Keyboards

BigBlu Kinderboard

Humanware Brailliant

Matias Half Keyboard and Half QWERTY Pro

Speech-to-Text / Dictation

Built-In Dictation on Microsoft PCs

Dictation in Microsoft Office 365

Dictation on a Mac Computer

Dictation on an Apple Mobile Device

Type Text with your Voice on Chromebook

Voice Typing in Google Docs

Nuance Speech Recognition

Note-Taking Tools

Microsoft OneNote

Apple Notes

Google Keep


Livescribe Smartpen

Graphic Organizers




Corgi by CAST for Google Workspace

Word Banks

Word Bank by Don Johnston

Word Bank by Google

Word Prediction Tools

Microsoft Text Suggestions

Predictive Text on Apple Mobile Devices

Smart Compose in Google Docs

Spelling and Grammar Support

Microsoft Built-In Grammar, Spelling, and More

Check Spelling and Grammar on a Mac

Doc Editor in Google Docs

Grammarly Grammar Checker

Ginger Software: Grammar and Writing Support

Robust Writing Supports

Read&Write by Texthelp

CoWriter by Don Johnston

WordQ5 by Quillsoft

Kurzweil 3000

Clicker Software

Browser Extensions to Support Writing

Read&Write for Chrome

Grammarly for Chrome

Grammar and Spelling Checker by Ginger


Evernote Web Clipper

Mobile Apps to Support Writing

Read&Write for iPad

CoWriter Universal

Clicker Writer for iPad

iWordQ US

Dragon Anywhere


PDF Expert

SnapType Pro