Assistive Technology Partnership/Education (ATP/Education) provides statewide
assistive technology services to
children (birth to twenty-one) with special needs and their families, caregivers, teachers, service providers, etc. Some of the services offered by ATP/Educationinclude:
- Training: which may range from awareness of assistive technology to
- Consultations: child specific requests/identified needs
- Technical support: this may include phone support or on-site visitation
- Funding: assistance with working through the funding process and information on
available sources of funding. Please note ATP/Education is not a funding source
- Equipment Loan Pool: short-term loans of devices
Because of Nebraska's size, ATP/Education has divided the state into five regions, with a statewide early childhood
specialist and an educational specialist assigned to each area. Educational specialists are
able to answer specific questions you might have or respond to requests for training,
technical support, etc. There is no charge for services provided by ATP/Education.
Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page if you would like the name of an
educational specialist in your area.
Under Nebraska Rule 51,
all decisions for a child on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) must be made through a team
process. Educational specialists must
operate within this team process. They
work in conjunction with appropriate school personnel, parents, agency personnel, and
most importantly, the student, to assist in determining what assistive
technology will be most effective for the student.
provide the local educational team with guidance on gauging and selecting
appropriate assistive technology. They
do not make specific recommendations nor do they do evaluations on assistive
technology. All decisions related to
assistive technology services and devices are made by the school educational
ATP/Education has a statewide
loan pool which offers opportunities to "try before you buy." You are able to borrow assistive technology
for a short period of time to see if it is appropriate. The loan pool equipment is listed on the
AT4ALL website (www.at4all.com). This website allows you to view the equipment
available and request items via the site.
The website includes descriptions and photos of the devices and
links to the manufacturing companies.
ATP/Education is a good
resource for information on where to purchase specific assistive technology. We work in
conjunction with the Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP).
Cozad, NE 69130