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Assistive Technology - Tools to give students academic independence

When learning is a challenge, students often lack the confidence they need to take control of their own  education. Assistive technology gives these individuals an opportunity for academic independence. The Learning Center’s assistive technology program allows students to harness the advantages of these tools, discovering the apps, software, hardware, and processes that make life and learning easier. We begin by pairing students with tools that complement their unique skill set, while allowing them to strengthen their weaknesses.

Assistive Technology Assessments

Assessments are conducted by an individual with experience using assistive technology with students both in a classroom setting and outside of the academic world.

If a current diagnostic report is available, it is requested before the meeting. This gives insight into the student’s strengths and challenges and provides a beginning point for the assessment meeting.

The actual assessment consists of three parts:

  • Conversation - By speaking with the student and parents a picture of the student’s academic accomplishments and struggles begins to form. The student’s reaction to ideas and suggested software can help drive the meeting and the instructor can build the case for assistive technology in the student’s life, increasing the student buy-in.
  • Demonstration - As the conversation unfolds, software, hardware, systems, and processes are demonstrated. This allows the student to experience the benefits of each.
  • Recommendation - Shortly after the assessment, the family will receive a written report that outlines the needs of the student, summarizes the conversation, provides resources and  recommendations for next, and future, steps.

Cost: Assistive Technology Assessments are $295.00

Assistive Technology Training

Students who desire to learn more about a piece of assistive technology, or who may need help incorporating the technology into their academic routine, can receive specific training. This can be in conjunction with current class work or in preparation for a transition to high school or college.

Cost: Assistive Technology Training is $195.00 for two hours. This can be used in two 1-hour sessions or in a two hour block of time.


We invite you to learn more about assistive technology at Groves through the information available on our website, completing the Groves In-Take Form, or by contacting Todd Hanson at  952-915-4278.

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