Welcome to the QIAT website, the official site of the QIAT Community

The QIAT Community is a nationwide grassroots group that includes hundreds of individuals who provide input into the ongoing process of identifying, disseminating, and implementing a set of widely-applicable Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services in school settings that can be used as a tool to support:

  • school districts as they strive to develop and provide quality assistive technology services aligned to federal, state and local mandates
  • assistive technology service providers as they evaluate and constantly improve their services
  • consumers of assistive technology services as they seek adequate assistive technology services which meet their needs
  • universities and professional developers as they conduct research and deliver programs that promote the development of the competencies needed to provide quality assistive technology services
  • policy makers as they attempt to develop judicious and equitable policies related to assistive technology services.

The website supports QIAT’s mission of guiding the development and delivery of quality assistive technology services by providing the QIAT Community with a gateway to resources.

Upcoming QIAT presentations

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2/2/23 at 1:00 EDU-32 QIAT Conversations: Including AT in the IEP

2/2/23 at 3:00 EDU-62  Joy Zabala Fellowship Exhibit Hall (Poster Session)

2/3/23 at 2:15 EDU-31 QIAT Conversations: Coaching and Mentoring

QIAT Collaboration

Joy Zabala Spirit Award

The Joy Zabala Spirit Award is a recognition program, hosted by ATIA, celebrating Joy Zabala’s work in the field of assistive technology and education. Joy served as ATIA Conference Education Chair for many years and led the talented team of ATIA Strand Advisors, leaders and experts in their content areas in curating the conference education program and ensuring each education session meets the diverse needs of conference attendees.

The inaugural Joy Zabala Spirit Award is awarded to speakers at ATIA 2023 whose sessions have been selected as exemplifying the passion Joy brought to her work in AT and education. The sessions were selected by the Strand Advisors who worked with Joy on the conference education program over the past decades.

The 2023 Joy Zabala Spirit Award recipients are:

Jessica Gormley, Maryjan Fiala, and Brittany Steinfeld for AAC-41: Space for Everyone: Co-Designing AAC Trainings with Families & Providers

Lauren Enders and Shaun Pearson for AAC-48: Using Games to Foster Language Development, Connection, and Joy in AAC Learners

James Whitney for ATPAP-06: Assistive Technology to Combat Social Isolation

Carolyn Phillips and Ben Satterfield for EDU-03: A Model for Increasing Access to AT for Students with Disabilities

Maggie Pickett and Michelle Soriano for EDU-11: Engaging Families in Technology Planning & Use: A Symbiotic Endeavor

Judith Schoonover and Sally Norton-Darr for MWAT-06: EASY Does It: Revisiting LoTTIE Kits as Inclusive Learning Tools

Hali Strickler for TWA-08: Stories of AAC and Adulting: Practice and Personal Perspectives

Amber Skerry, Neha Sharma, Emily Macklin, and Ashley Leon for VHT-05: Foundational Communication: Individualizing Access for Deafblind Students

QIAT Blue Book Study announcement and link to Facebook Group

A group book study for The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to Assistive Technology Services (QIAT Leadership Team, 2015) will be facilitated by members of the QIAT Leadership Team starting in January 2023. The book study will focus on the 8 indicator areas of QIAT. Multiple ways of engaging will be available. An asynchronous discussion group will be available on Facebook, live discussions will be hosted in collaboration with existing AT professional development opportunities.