Consultative Assistive Technology Services for Private & State Entities
Collaborative Technology Solutions LLC was established by CEO & Assistive Technology Professional Genise Burnett. We are contracted with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in both Nevada and Arizona to provide Assistive Technology evaluations and training services.
Our Assistive Technology evaluation and training services are also available to school districts and any individual interested in either service.
What is Assistive Technology?
- Helps people with disabilities live, work, learn and play as independently as possible.
- Includes low-tech items like a reacher or a magnifying glass or high-tech equipment like tablet apps, or systems that allow you to control your computer with your eyes.
For communication, learning, playing, to get around, working, chances are there is an Assistive Technology solution for you.
Why is AT Evaluation/Assessment So Important?
Assessing an individual’s Assistive Technology needs makes it far more likely to identify AT devices and services which will improve their functional capabilities.
A poor match between technology and user more often than not leads to abandonment of the technology, and thus loss of the desired outcome.
Various studies and surveys indicate that half and possibly as much as 80% of assistive technology is abandoned by the prospective user. Often, this is because the technology was not a good match for the user’s abilities, needs, preferences, the task to be accomplished, or the context of the technology’s use.
So the first and arguably most important step is to identify the right tool for the job.
AT Evaluation Starts With Asking The Right Questions
More than anything, matching an individual with the appropriate Assistive Technology involves asking, and seeking answers to, the right questions — about the tasks where the person has difficulties, the person’s abilities and challenges, and the context in which the person performs those tasks.
The most effective technology tools are those selected with these factors in mind.
The more we understand about the interaction between the PERSON, the TASK or activity they have difficulty with, and the ENVIRONMENT or context in which they perform that task — WHO needs to do WHAT, WHERE? — the better equipped we are to identify TOOLS (the Assistive Technology) to help produce the desired outcomes.
We are credentialed to assist you through this process and to choose the appropriate technology.
Educational/Transitional Student Assessments
We collaborate with students, educators, and others to identify the most effective technology for the student’s abilities, tasks, and environments. If needed, we provide written report and attend IEP meetings.
Independent Living Assessment
Assistive Technology software and device training services in Nevada and Arizona.
About Our Training Options
After each thorough assessment, strategies or tools are recommended for each client in a detailed report.
Collaborative Technology Solutions LLC provides one-on-one training to teach the user what the technology does, where to find relevant features, how to operate them, and how they will benefit the client.
Training options also include opportunities to train team members who are involved in helping the client to reach their goals.
We provide a wide variety of essential training services for people directly in their homes. In Nevada and Arizona, we are the ideal service for those who lack transportation options, or who desire to be trained on technologies in the environment in which they intend to use them.
Technologies We Train On
Examples of technologies we train on in Nevada and Arizona include:
- Desktop and handheld electronic magnification devices (CCTVs)
- Optical character recognition/text-to-speech (‘read-aloud’) devices
- Computer technologies including screen reading and magnification software, designed to allow people with a visual impairment to use their computer
- Tablets and smart phones (iPad, iPhone, Android devices), including using the built in apps, and specialized apps designed to aid people with a visual impairment
- Alternative & Augmentative Communication Devices such as Tobii Dynavox
- Braille displays and note-takers
About Assistive Technology Professional Genise Burnett
Genise Burnett is a RESNA Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) & Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
Genise has a Bachelor’s in Communication & Science Disorders from Abilene Christian University and an Assistive Technology Certification from Brandman University.
Her expertise in Assistive Technology ranges from experience with Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) to switch access/computer accessibility.
Don’t hesitate to call or email Genise using the links at the top or bottom of the page.
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