Assistive Technology Guidelines

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The Michigan Assistive Technology Guidelines for Teachers of the Blind and Visually Impaired is an expanded document based on the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS) that guides teachers of students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who are blind or have a visual impairment with assistive technology.

These guidelines follow the six key concepts of the METS:

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

The guidelines are designed to assist and guide teachers with assistive technology, data collection, resources, professional development, and the current assistive technology industry. Download the guidelines and student checklists to use for data collection.

Please note: We are currently in the process of updating all documents referenced below. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.


Teachers may use these guidelines to develop specific individualized education program (IEP) goals, develop lesson plans, and track technology instruction progress. These documents include:

  • The task to be performed by the student.
  • The suggested teacher activity for each task.
  • A column to track your progress in covering the material with each student.
  • Links to the corresponding student checklist and the key concept resources.
  • PK-Kindergarten Guidelines
  • Grades 1-2 Guidelines 
  • Grades 3-5 Guidelines
  • Grades 6-8 Guidelines
  • Grades 9-12 Guidelines

Student Checklists

These documents allow you to track a student's progress in achieving each task. Each student should have a copy of the checklist in his or her school file.
  • PK-Kindergarten Checklist
  • Grades 1-2 Checklist
  • Grades 3-5 Checklist
  • Grades 6-8 Checklist
  • Grades 9-12 Checklist

Key Concept Resources

Each task falls under one of six key concepts in the Assistive Technology Guidelines.
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Research and Information Literacy
  • Digital Citizenship

​General Resources

The following documents may further help you in using the Assistive Technology Guidelines.
  • Assistive Technology Tools
  • Key Terminology


We are currently in the process of updating our references document. For immediate assistance, please contact MDE-LIO.

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