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Assessing a Student for Assistive Technology Needs

| Proposal No: 2113

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  • Leyna Bencomo, , Community College of Denver

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This presentation will show you how to accurately assess students for the types of assistive technology best suited for a given student based on his or her individual needs, and the resources available. The AT professional is in the unique position to make this determination.


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 requisite knowledge to recommend the best tools for the student or even be familiar with the latest technology. You need to assess the student yourself quickly and accurately to help the student achieve his learning goals. To assess the 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 recommendations and training? Leyna Bencomo assesses many students every week as part of her duties at the Community College of Denver. Her students find the technology she recommends quite useful in their academic pursuits.


  1. Preparing for an Assessment
  2. Understanding the obstacles and resources
  3. Incorporating a training plan

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.