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Assistive technology can help students with disabilities in many ways. It is not always easy, however, to find the "right" assistive technology that best meets a student's needs. The process of selecting the appropriate tools for an individual student is important. It takes input from many people with many perspectives to make these decisions.

The SETT Framework developed by Joy Zabala, is a powerful tool that can be used to help people work together to

gather relevant information about the student, educational environments and the tasks

focus their conversation

make the decisions about technology and its uses

revisit decisions based on ongoing assessment

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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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