Assistive Technology Assistant
Salary range: 25
Reports to: Special Education Administrator/Teacher
Under the supervision of the Special Education teacher, provide support to students in the use of Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) devices, computers and computer systems, hardware, peripherals and specialized software. Provide support and training to instructional and support staff; testing and installation of assistive devices and technology solutions; maintain records, perform administrative tasks.
- A.A. degree or equivalent required, including or supplemented by courses or technical training in computer hardware and peripheral devices as related to their setup, operation and maintenance in a networked environment
- Experience with wide variety of Mac and Windows systems, experience with AT/AAC devices preferred
- Satisfactory work history
- Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
- Apply curriculum content as it applies to individual differences in the classroom
- Support the use of Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication devices, systems, software and hardwareAssume a high level of responsibility and independent activity
- Deal effectively with a wide variety of personalities and situations requiring tact, judgment and poise
- Express oneself clearly, orally and in writing
- Supervise students
- Load and install assistive technology software onsite and remotely
- Assess malfunctions of assistive devices including hardware and/or software applications for the purpose of determining appropriate actions for restoring functionality
- Troubleshoot first stage technical problems encountered by staff and provide answers to their questions
- Partner with IT to troubleshoot computer based problems when necessary
- Correspond with teachers and staff, via email, in person and by phone, regarding setting up assistive technology, available software and hardware, troubleshooting and accommodations
- Provide consultation/training regarding the use of assistive technology for students, staff, and families
- Assist in the preparation and delivery of assistive technology workshops and trainings
- Follow up on adaptation and maintenance needs of AT and AAC devices
- Provide ongoing onsite and remote technical assistance to support students' assistive technology needs
- Assist the Assistive Technology Specialist in monitoring the successful implementation of assistive technology plans
- Prepare requested materials related to ebooks and scanned documents for use in the classroom and at home
- Work individually or in small groups with students to implement AT programs
- Maintain spreadsheet of available hardware, software and apps in order to allow for easy distribution to teachers and staff
- Participate in demonstration opportunities for new AT and work with AT sales reps to learn about new and available products
- Transport a variety of items (e.g. devices, equipment, supplies, etc.) for the purpose of providing materials in classroom or transporting equipment for repair
- Perform a variety of clerical duties such as filing, duplicating materials, etc.
- With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid or CPR
- Make decisions based on established policy and procedures
- Maintain security of confidential information.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Knowledge of English usage, punctuation, spelling and grammar;
- General concepts of child growth and development and child behavior characteristics;
- Current terminology, usage and functions of Assistive Technology and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AT/AAC) devices, computers and computer systems, hardware, peripherals and specialized software;
- Methods and attitudes required to motivate and encourage student and parental participation in the total educational process.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed in a standard office environment; the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. May require direct interaction with students; potential for exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Work Year: 10 Months
Revision Date: 03/20/2017
Initial date: 03/29/2011
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.