Our highly specialized Orthopedic Impairment (OI) staff support individuals eligible under OI from birth-to-21 who present with complex motor and/or communication needs. Our services include:
- Lending of motor equipment as well as light-to-high tech assistive technology (AT) and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools and devices
- Consultation regarding OI evaluation and eligibility
- Assistance with equipment selection as well as appropriate fitting and use
- Collaboration with teams to assess motor and communication skills to identify supports and technology needs
- Development of systems so that students are better able to access their environment, increase independence, and interact socially across a variety of settings
- Professional development to build capacity among EI/ECSE and school-based professionals staff to effectively serve children with complex motor and communication needs
We also facilitate two professional learning community (PLC) meetings. Our AT PLC is attended by SLPs, OTs and others interested in AT/AAC tools, best practices, and access methods. Our OI PLC meetings emphasize the work of school-based PTs and OTs and how to effectively assess and serve students with complex motor needs.
For more information on Orthopedic Impairment including the evaluation requirements and eligibility criteria, visit ODE's Regional Programs OI information page.