10 | Consideration and Referral

10 | Consideration and Referral

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 Consideration and Referral

Referral

When should a student be referred for an AT assessment? There are many signs that can indicate whether or not a student requires an AT assessment. Many times it starts from a parent or educator’s concern for the way the student is (or is not) able to participate in educational activities. When a student is already on an IEP, the IEP team may go through the AT Consideration Process then refer for an assessment when the following is true:

The student...

  • is not using AT, but the IEP team decides it is needed
  • is not using AT, and the IEP team does not have enough information
  • is using AT but has new/changed needs that may require additions or changes to current AT

School personnel or parents may refer a student for an AT Assessment if one or more of the following is true as well:

The student...

  • is being removed from the regular education classroom for any part of the instruction and the student’s use of AT would allow them to stay in the regular education classroom
  • has difficulty accessing educational materials like textbooks, worksheets, workbooks, novels, etc.

The Wisconsin AT Initiative (WATI) has a Referral/Question Identification Guide that LEAs may adopt and use if desired.  The Referral/Question Identificaiton Guide can be found here.