SVSS Services

Assistive Technology (AT)

Assistive Technology (AT) can be defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities (29 U.S.C. Sec 2202(2)).

Assistive technology for learning allows students to overcome obstacles and to actively participate in the learning process. Assistive technology is a continuum of tools, strategies, and services that match a studentís needs, abilities and tasks.

The Student, Environments, Tasks and activities, and Tools (SETT) framework provide a structure for gathering information used when making assistive technology decisions. Souris Valley Special Services uses the SETT framework to consider AT.

There are many ways to consider AT, but the process of consideration should include:

A team approach
Consideration of a student's present level of performance
Consideration of the specific tasks a student needs to accomplish
What would success look like for this student?
Answering specific questions about the student will lead to a solution that is likely to work. The SETT framework provides a structure for the consideration process.

The SVSS staff does not provide direct services with the students of our member schools. Our staff provides support to the school in the process used in selecting, locating, and using AT. SVSSís goal is to provide specific strategies that increase the capacity of school districts to provide assistive technology services.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) guidelines for assistive technology for students with disabilities.
The Guidelines: Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities was developed by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Assistive Technology Task Force to address training and planning needs in the area of assistive technology.

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The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT)
The ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) in school settings

National Assistive Technology in Education Network (NATE)
Brings together information from the many fields and disciplines that are involved in assistive technology services in educational settings.

Closing the Gap
Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.

If you cannot fully access the information on any web page of this site, please let us know the accessibility issue you are having by contacting, Alison Dollar at (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

We will try to provide the information to you in an alternate format and/or make the necessary improvements to make the information accessible. If you would like to file a formal grievance under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, you may contact our Section 504 coordinator, Alison Dollar, Director at 1370 20th Ave SW., Minot ND, (701) 857-4410 or by e-mail at

The Souris Valley Special Services Unit is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment in all employment and educational programs, activities, and facilities. The Unit prohibits discrimination and harassment based on a student, parent/guardian, employee and/or applicant's race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or other status protected by law, in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities.

The Unit's nondiscrimination policy (pdf)

For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, or to file a complaint of discrimination or harassment, please contact:
Dr. Alison Dollar
Title IX, 504, and nondiscrimination Coordinator
1370 20th Ave SW
Minot, ND. 58701

Inquiries and complaints under Title IX may also be referred to the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR):
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544
Telephone: (312) 730-1560


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