The Assistive Technology Department is responsible for providing on-going consultation to classroom staff/related service personnel on appropriate technology (both high and low) to be used throughout the day to enhance overall learning. The coordinator evaluates software needs of individual students and help staff to acquire the needed software. The coordinator serves as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team. The department offers training on the use of devices and software with our staff, our families, and our districts. The Assistive Technology Department also keeps inventory of our hardware, software, and assistive technology devices and maintains a resource library.
Free Lunch Program
Parents are requested to complete the necessary application forms at the resident district if children in the household are eligible for free school meals. Upon notification from parents, A.E.R.O. will request that the completed forms be provided to the appropriate program supervisor in order to accommodate the student’s needs.
School Health is very important for parents, students, and staff within the A.E.R.O. Programs. We have developed standards and policies to protect the health of our parents, students and staff. For information about these standards and policies, contact one of our School Nurses.
Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
The therapists work closely with the teacher to keep them informed and integrate service/skills to the classroom setting. Therapy is to assist the student to minimize the effect of the disability on the ability to learn, function and to move within the school environment. Evaluation and treatment is based on educational needs.
Pre-Vocational Training Services
Placement in work experience and training situations is provided to students (18-22) in preparation for post-secondary independent living and adult life.
Recreational and Adapted Physical Education Services
State law requires that a physical education program be provided for all students. A.E.R.O. operated programs include an adapted physical education program taught by a special physical educator. The program may include peer tutors who interact with the students and help them learn new sports skills. This program is individualized and provides activities which encourage fitness, team games, sports skills and recreational games. As part of the functional development of a student, it is important that each student be able to utilize their spare time in a healthy and appropriate manner.
Recreational and physical education pursuits can provide positive social interaction plus incorporate educational learning experiences. Included in this area are recreational activities, individual, and team sports, plus general physical educational activities.
Social Work Services
The social worker provides consultation services to the teacher and to families regarding parenting techniques and assistance to families with community resources. In addition, social workers may provide direct services to students individually or in small groups, as determined through the IEP or referrals from staff.
Speech and Language Services
In A.E.R.O. operated programs, students that require speech/language therapy are provided services individually, in small groups and/or in class language activities based on the individual needs of the students.
Vision / Hearing Itinerant Services
Diagnostic and itinerant vision and hearing services are available as needed through C.A.S.E. and S.A.S.E.D.