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How to Assess a Student for AT Needs

| Proposal No: 890

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  • Leyna Bencomo, Assistive Technology Specialist, Community College of Denver

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

This session teaches you how to assess a student’s assistive technology needs quickly and with a high degree of success.


Once a student is referred to the Assistive Technology Specialist, how do you proceed? If you depend on your non-technical colleagues, they may not have the resources to recommend the best tool for the job and may send you down the wrong path. You need to assess the student yourself quickly and accurately to help the student achieve his learning goals. To assess a student successfully, you need to determine learning obstacles, learning style limitations, technology prowess, history of AT use, study habits, attitude, ability to read, write, type, spell, organize, concentrate and think. How will you handle all these factors and apply them to your AT recommendations and training? This session will cover assistive technology assessment and evaluation techniques and help eliminate common mistakes made in the process.


  1. Learn how to create a student's learning profile.
  2. Learn how to determine assistive technology needs.
  3. Learn the pitfalls to avoid.

Speaker Bio(s)

Leyna Bencomo

Leyna Bencomo is the Assistive Technology Specialist at Community College of Denver and assesses an average of 10 students per week. She determines what technology students need and trains them to incorporate that technology into their studies. Her students find the technology she recommends quite useful in their academic pursuits. She has been honing her craft for more than four years now and has previously trained students in the use of technology for fifteen years within the higher education community and the corporate world.