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Team Challenges

In addition to participating in assessment of need and development of intervention strategies, Assistive Technology Team members must consider the desires, hopes and dreams of the student and family members. Care must be taken to honor the input of each team member when moving toward a collective vision for the student, otherwise it is impossible to decide upon goals and objectives and plan activities and follow-up which are aligned with that vision and can be supported by all. This frequently takes quite a while, as each team member brings not only their unique information but also their unsubstantiated assumptions to the discussion.

Hard work? Yes, and lots of it! Time consuming? Perhaps. But so is doing something over and over again because care was not taken up front to move forward together and "get it as right as possible" from the beginning!

In order to facilitate this kind of work, we will explore the SETT Framework. SETT provides for the gathering, organization and analysis of data in a way that: honors multiple perspectives; invites active participation through use of common language; builds consensus; and, links assessment and intervention so that people can work together to support students in reaching their goals and objectives - both educationally and personally.

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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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