(Aberdeenshire Specialist Technology Service)
ASPECTS is a service staffed by teachers who specialise in the sourcing, developing and using assistive technology to support Aberdeenshire pupils with severe and complex additional support needs. We aim to assist pupils whose curricular access needs cannot be met using standard school technology. ASPECTS can provide advice, training, software and hardware, as appropriate to the needs of the pupil.
Children referred to ASPECTS should be at Stage 3 and 2 of the Staged Intervention Model with severe and complex needs. (Priority will be given to Stage 3 pupils.)
|Who do we support?||To enable curricular access, we assist pupils 3-18, educated by Aberdeenshire Council. These pupils will be at Stage 3 or Stage 2 of the Staged Intervention model.|
|What may we provide?||We provide advice, training, assistive technology (software/hardware) as appropriate to ensure curricular access. It is imperative that staff participate in CPD offered to train them in the use of any software or hardware provided. This ensures the provision is well utilised for pupils’ curricular access.|
|When should ASPECTS be contacted?||Teachers should firstly review the learning environment, curriculum, and in-house resources available to meet the needs of the child. When this has been done ASPECTS’ involvement may be sought by the submission of a Referral from a school, Educational Psychologist or other support service.|
|Where is the support delivered?||In Aberdeenshire nurseries, schools and occasionally out-with school (ie as appropriate to the needs of the child).|
How to make a Referral
- Informal Referrals should be submitted for advice/training at any level
- Formal Referrals should only be made for pupils at staged intervention level 3 or 2.
NOTE – All referrals can be made by teachers via ASPECTS’ GLOW tile. The link on the front of our GLOW page, will take you to a secure area where the Formal or Informal Referral form should be completed.
(It is the responsibility of the professional making the referral to ensure that all relevant, detailed information is submitted including external agency contact details. Reference must be made to what support has already been tried with the pupil and supporting documentation should also be emailed (eg current IEP). Aberdeenshire Policy dictates that pupils’ data cannot be sent via personal email addresses so please use official Aberdeenshire/work email addresses as points of contact. Incomplete forms will result in delay of potential support.)
Pupils moving on to College/University placements, may be eligible for funds towards the purchase of their own assistive technology sourced from disability payments. Funding may also be obtained through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).