For the 2021-22 school year, The Bureau of Special Education will provide school districts across CT with access to The NEAT Center in a variety of ways. School districts within CT have been divided into cohorts. This school year, Cohorts A, B and C have been provided a NEAT Membership. Cohort B has been provided a Subscription which gives these districts access to targeted AT services, at no cost to them.
To find out which cohort your district is in, click here for a list of our members
Subscription Benefits for Cohort B Districts
Our Membership is specifically designed to serve people of all ages and abilities, all over the world. It includes access to our Hotline, Webinars, exclusive Training Materials, and our extensive Lending Library.
Check out all the exciting member details here.
Assistive Technology Services:
Cohort B Districts are allotted several hours to use towards free AT services for students and educators. Through this subscription, these districts are eligible to receive one or more of the following services at NO COST:
- Kickstarts (Consultation + Training)
- Pop-up Consultations
Teachers, special educators, SLPs, OTs, PTs, paraeducators, administrators, and more are all invited to sign-up for regularly scheduled, virtual appointments to ask AT questions on-demand. Our NEAT Specialists, each with unique areas of expertise, will be available to discuss a specific topic of interest, reach targeted AT goals, or build AT capacity
The focus of these expert-guided services can include, but is not limited to, impairments in the following areas: vision, speech and language, communication, learning, cognitive, physical, Dyslexia/Dyscalculia, executive functioning, independent living, and more.
Services are conducted in-person, virtually, or through a hybrid delivery approach. The NEAT Specialist(s) will work with the team to assess their needs and make suggestions on which service delivery model is best. Decisions will also rely on current recommendations of the CDC, school districts, and Oak Hill policies.
Nicole Feeney, Senior Director of Oak Hill Centers, has recorded a short video summarizing the benefits of your SDE-sponsored Subscription. You can view it here.
Specialized Professional Development around AT:
The NEAT Center has one more unique professional development opportunity awaiting you. Join us on December 9, 2021 (10:30am-12pm) for a short webinar: Packing a Punch with AT (part 2): What We’ve Learned & What You Should Know.
This webinar will report our findings of the targeted assistive technology (AT) services provided to districts within Cohort A. We will highlight the “new norm” of AT service delivery as brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and what we’ve learned about virtual supports. We will continue to build your capacity with available resources (i.e. Lending Library, professional development opportunities, etc.) and today’s AT trends.
If you have questions about The Bureau of Special Education (SDE) subscription, please see our SDE Subscription FAQ.
Reach out about your subscription or membership today!