Teachers for the visually impaired do not have to do an assistive technology evaluation on every student on their caseload. Sometimes solutions are obvious. The challenge occurs when there are many questions that could take months or even years before an appropriate solution is found. If this happens, much time is wasted. Following an evaluation protocol similar to the computer access evaluation process of this course could shorten the time spent second-guessing a solution.

Joy Zabala ( developed what is called the SETT Framework. SETT is an acronym for student, environment, tasks and tools. These are the components you need to keep in mind when evaluating a student for an assistive technology solution.

With the SETT Framework in mind an outline summary of an assistive evaluation process can develop in this way:

  1. Assemble a multidisciplinary team. (environment)
  2. Gather information from the student folder. (student)
  3. Discuss likes and challenges. (student)
  4. Discuss assistive technology solutions that were tried. (tools)
  5. Observe the student in the customary environment. (student and tasks)
  6. Interview the student. (student)
  7. Interview parents and teachers. (tasks and environment)
  8. Acquire a possible assistive technology device or software to try. (tool)
  9. Develop activities involving the technology to observe the student performance. (student, tools, and tasks)
  10. Collect data and determine an appropriate solution. (student and tools)
  11. Review the assistive technology solution. (student and tools)

Thank you for taking the time interacting with this course. We at TSBVI Outreach Programs wish only the best for you and particularly your student. We hope you have found this to be of some help.

Patrick Van Geem, TVI
Assistive Technology Consultant
Outreach Programs
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired