Assistive Technology Preview Center (ATPC)

assistive tech

The ATPC is a lending library and preview center for school district and charter school personnel in the Region 13 Service Delivery Area

ATPC has assistive devices as alternate keyboards, switches, environmental control unites, as well as a wide variety of augmentative communication systems. It also maintains a collection of software specifically designed for students with disabilities. We continue to increase our inventory of adaptive equipment, software, and resource material. Please keep in mind our equipment and resources are available only to school district and charter school personnel.

ATPC Preview Visits

Not certain what we have or what you need? Preview visits can be scheduled. Visitors to the ATPC can preview software and equipment specifically designed for students with disabilities. It is also possible for visitors to get hands-on experience with such assistive devices as alternate keyboards, switches, environmental control units, as well as a wide variety of augmentative communication systems. Come and visit! Our motto is "try before you buy"!

Preview visits to the ATPC must be scheduled and are coordinated through Robin Reimund. She can be reached by email at robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net or by phone at 512-919-5426.

ATPC Loan Program

What is available for checkout can be viewed in the Library at ESC Region 13's online library at this location: http://destiny.esc13.net. To check items out of the ATPC/LL, you will need to have a patron account for the Library.

View Library Application.  Please complete this application and a patron account will be set up for you. We will email you a user name and password once your account has been set up. ATPC/LL equipment will only be sent to school districts.

Please contact Robin Reimund at 512-919-5426 or robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net should you need additional information.

General ATPC Loan Policies High Tech/High Cost Materials Loan Process Assisted Listening Devices Loan Process Active Learning Collection

The purpose of the Assistive Technology Preview Center and Lending Library at ESC Region 13 is to provide assistive technology resources for short term loan (i.e.., approximately 6 weeks) to enable LEAs to trial technology during an assessment period prior to purchase.

 

Our short term loan service supports districts in making appropriate purchases of assistive technology matched to student needs. Due to a significant amount of loss and damage of the equipment made available for district use, we have instituted this Hit Tech/High Cost Materials loan process for certain equipment, including but not limited to dynamic display voice output devices and some FM systems. The process is detailed below.

This is a short term loan (6 weeks) to enable the LEAs to trial these devices during an assessment period prior to purchase.

Research suggests that this equipment may be appropriate for children with normal hearing with certain conditions such as ADHD and children with certain types/degrees of hearing loss (e.g. unilateral hearing loss, mild hearing loss). It is not appropriate for children with moderate, severe or profound hearing losses.

This is a short term loan (6 weeks) to enable the LEAs to trial these devices during an assessment period prior to purchase.

We have a limited collection of Active Learning equipment purchased from Lilliworks.  This equipment was purchased to support teams in school districts using Lilli Nielsen's active learning techniques.  This equipment is available only to school district personnel and is subject to a loan approval process.

The loan period is 90 days to enable the LEA to trial these items during an assessment period prior to purchase.

 

  1. Short term loans (6 weeks with an option for 1 renewal)
  2. Patrons will obey software copyright laws
  3. Patrons are responsible for returning equipment on time
  4. Patrons may check out up to 5 items (or one item requiring a director approval form)
  5. Items must be returned CLEAN and in working orders
  6. Equipment and software must be returned immediately, if it ceases to operate
  7. LEAs assume financial responsibility for repairing the equipment, if it is damaged as a result of neglect or carelessness
  8. LEA may be asked to reimburse ESC Region 13 at the market value, if the equipment is lost or damaged beyond repair
  9. Equipment and software is the financial responsibility of the LEA; therefore, it is up to the discretion of the LEA as to whether or not equipment will be sent home with a student.  LEAs must keep in mind that this equipment is loaned for the purpose of assessment.
  10. The loan of some typed of equipment requires the approval of the LEA's special education director.
  1. A Special Education Director Approval Form must be completed and signed. This form indicates that the director is aware that this equipment is in his/her district or charter and signals his/her willingness to comply with the district's responsibilities in the loan agreement.  Forms can be faxed or emailed to Robin Reimund, AT Preview Center Manager. See specific contact information below.
  2. Staff requesting this material may have to fulfill a 3 hour training requirement to ensure a basic familiarity with the equipment being requested and to ensure better outcomes for students. Please contact Robin Reimund for information on this step.
  3. Once the approval form or email and a proof of training are received by the ATPC/LL staff, the item will be checked out to the district.
  4. Equipment will NOT be mailed to the district due to the high cost of the equipment and the potential for loss.  Please contact Robin Reimund by email or phone to arrange a time and date for district staff to pick up the equipment. Pick up should be arranged in a timely way, usually within 3 business days or the equipment may go to the next person on the waiting list.
  5. The ATPC/LL will provide the assistive technology equipment for short term loan (approximately 6 weeks) to school district staff for use during an assessment and/or trial period.
  1. As this equipment is not appropriate for certain children, there is a specific approval process that must be completed before a loan can be made.
  2. Please download and complete the ALD Loan Process Form.
  3. As this process requires some student data, DO NOT fax the form back to us.  Please follow the Secure Sharing of Confidential Information instructions available on the form.
  4. A Special Education Director Approval Form must be completed and signed. This form indicates that the director is aware that this equipment is in his/her district or charter and signals his/her willingness to comply with the district's responsibilities in the loan agreement.  Forms can be faxed or emailed to Robin Reimund, AT Preview Center Manager. See specific contact information below.
  1. To borrow these materials you must complete our Active Learning Equipment Loan Form.  A completed form should be emailed or faxed to Robin Reimund.
  2. You can download a list of our active learning equipment using this link: Active Learning Equipment List
  3. Some items also under our High Cost Materials Loan Process.  This means the special education director form must be completed and signed and the equipment must be picked up here at ESC Region 13.
  4. If you have questions, please contact Robin Reimund at 512-919-5426 or robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net.
  5. For more information on Active Learning Strategies Contact: Debra Leff, Nichole Kertis Barton, or Misty Terrell

Contact:
Robin Reimund
512-919-5426
512-919-5197 (fax)
robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net

Contact:
Robin Reimund
512-919-5426
512-919-5197 (fax) robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net

Contact:
Eden Yows
512-919-5160
eden.yows@esc13.txed.net

Contact:
Robin Reimund
512-919-5426
512-919-5197 (fax)
robin.reimund@esc13.txed.net

 

Forms:

Forms:

Forms: