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The Benefits of SETT

I used to say that the SETT Framework was a simple instrument for considering and establishing the need (or lack of need) for assistive technology and then developing a system of tools to help meet that need. A treasured collegue takes me to task whenver I say this, as she does not consider it simple! I would agree in part. It IS simple, in that everyone can participate, whether a beginner or an "expert" in assistive technology. (Are there really any such experts? I daresay that most of us would be appalled for others to consider us so!) There is need for expertise in all four of the SETT areas and no single person can be that! However, SETT is NOT simplistic! It take time and effort to determine, organize, analyze, revise and act upon data obtained while completing the SETT Framework... BUT, it is my experience that time WILL be spent, either by working collaboratively through on-going processes which guide our thoughts, value all perspectives and aligns our purposes, activities and expected results ... OR by doing things over and over again in hopes that the next attempt will be the "right" one!

As we think about developing assistive technology Tool Systems, I would like for us to keep in mind the words of Stephen Covey, "You must begin with the end firmly in mind." For me, seeking solutions with the SETT Framework as a guide makes it impossible to do otherwise! The link between assessment and intervention is clear and strong, as tool systems are developed which enable the student who is the center of our collective efforts to work on the identified tasks in natural environments! What more could we ask for?

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), located at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts.  NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998.

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