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READ iconSome Guiding Principles

The primary goal of AT is the enhancement of capacities and removal of barriers to performance.

AT can BE a barrier.

AT may be applicable to all disability groups and in all phases of education.

AT is related to function, not disability.

The least complex intervention needed to remove barriers to performance should be a first consideration.

Assessment and Intervention form a continuous, dynamic process.

Systematic problem analysis and problem solving are essential.

Follow-up and adjustments are expected.

AT does not eliminate the need for teaching social and academic skills.

A team approach is required.

Joy's comments iconLet's look at these principles one by one.

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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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