The Michigan Assistive Technology Guidelines for Teachers of Students Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired is an expanded document intended to guide teachers of students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with assistive technology. This guide is based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards, to which the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS) connects.

These guidelines follow the six key concepts:

  • Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Research and Information Technology
  • Digital Citizenship


The assistive technology guidelines are designed to assist and guide teachers with assistive technology devices, data collection, individualized education programs (IEPs), reporting, resources, professional development, and the current assistive technology industry. Teachers may use these guidelines to develop specific IEP goals, develop lesson plans, and track technology instruction progress.

Each guideline document includes:

  • The skill to be performed by the student and the suggested teacher activity for each skill
  • Columns to track a student's progress in achieving each skill; each student should have a copy of the checklist in his or her school file
  • Assistive technology glossary
  • Assistive technology resources
  • A tool and application sample listing
  • A tool record-keeping chart

Please note: We are currently in the process of updating the guidelines documents and will post them as they become available. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.

The guidelines are included by grade level below. Download the guidelines and student checklists to use for data collection.