Welcome to Adam Krass Consulting, LLC!
We provide assistive technology services to children and adults with disabilities throughout NEW JERSEY and the NEW YORK METROPOLITAN AREA.
Assistive Technology Services
Adam Krass Consulting offers a wide range of assistive technology services for children and adults with disabilities, as well as educational and rehabilitation professionals, families, and assistive technology manufacturers.
Contact us to learn more about how we can meet your assistive technology needs.
Assistive Technology (AT) Services Offered:
EVALUATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS
If you need help matching the right assistive technology tools a child or adult with a disability, he/she may need an assistive technology evaluation. Consultations are less formal and comprehensive.
ONGOING SUPPORT SERVICES
This is the heart and soul of assistive technology services! Training for individuals, families, educational teams, administrators, and support providers is critical to successful integration and implementation of assistive technology.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
With over 30 years of professional development experience, we can customize your professional development events to perfectly match your assistive technology needs. In-person and virtual formats available.
HOME ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
For those in need of assistive technology supports for homework, remote learning, remote working, or recreation (e.g. video game access), consider a home-based assistive technology evaluation or consultation.
ACCESSIBLE ART TOOLS
For those who are current or aspiring artists, there is a wealth of art-related assistive technology out there! Find out how it can help you take your art (and independence) to the next level.
ACCESSIBLE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Rock out! Music is for everyone. Unlock your inner musician, or reach a new level of independence via accessible musical instruments and music creation technologies.
PRODUCT DESIGN FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
BETA TESTING OF NEW PRODUCTS
Have a new assistive technology product ready for beta testing? Our experience with product design, human factors, ergonomics, and connections with potential users of all ages can get you real-world feedback, suggestions, and advice.
SCHOOL- AND DISTRICT-WIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENTS
Do you want to get an overall picture of your district’s or school’s assistive technology capacity? A district- or school-wide assessment can help.
What is Assistive Technology (AT)?
Assistive technology includes both THINGS and SERVICES. In order to have a successful outcome with assistive technology, both aspects should be addressed.
According to IDEA 2004 Regulations: Part 300 / A / 300.5 (Sec. 300.5 Assistive technology device)
An assistive technology device includes any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capability of a person with a disability.
An assistive technology service includes any service that directly assists a person with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology devices, including:
- An evaluation
- Purchasing, leasing or providing for the acquisition of assistive technology
- Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing or replacing assistive technology
- Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions or services with assistive technology
- Training or technical assistance
FAQ / ASK A QUESTION
FAQ 1: Is there an age limit for assistive technology?
No. Individuals with disabilities of any age can potentially benefit from using assistive technology. This includes young children, senior citizens, and everyone in between.
FAQ 2: Are there any prerequisite skills needed before an individual with a disability can be provided with assistive technology?
No. There is not prior requirement for particular “readiness skills” before an individual can be considered for assistive technology. However, the assistive technology needs to match the individual’s disability-related challenges and strengths, the environment the AT will be used in, and the specific task.
FAQ 3: Is using assistive technology a form of cheating?
No. Assistive technology provides individuals with disabilities access and support to accomplish a task that is difficult because of their disability with greater independence.
FAQ 4: Is all assistive technology expensive?
No. There are many types of assistive technology that are either free or low-cost.
FAQ 5: Are school districts responsible for providing assistive technology evaluations to students with disabilities (with IEP’s or 504 Plans)?
Yes. Federal law states that school districts include assistive technology evaluations when needed or requested (just like OT, PT, Speech, Psychological, Educational, or other evaluations).
General AT Resources
AT for Writing
AT for Reading
- DIY Reading Guide
- Storyline Online
- Tar Heel Reader
- Reading Rockets
- PBS Kids / Michelle Obama Reads
- National Center for Accessible Educational Materials
- Voice Dream Reader app (iOS, Android)
- Project Gutenberg
- Learning Ally
- Prizmo app (iOS, Mac)
- Text Detective app (iOS, Android)
- Claro ScanPen app (iOS)
- Snap & Read Universal (Chrome)
- C-Pen Reader
AT for Note Taking
AT For Math
December 12, 2023
at 7 PM
Webinar: Is Eyegaze Technology For You? (plus tips and tricks)
If you have a significant physical disability and want to access technology, eyegaze technology should be on your list to consider. This webinar provides an overview of the leading types of eyegaze hardware, examples of available eyegaze products, and tips and tricks for selecting the right one.
January 23, 2024
at 12 noon
Webinar: AT Supports for Students with Hearing Impairments or Deafness.
Did you know that people with hearing impairments were among the “early adopters” of texting? This webinar will provide an overview of AT supports for people with hearing Impairments, including those for communicating, taking class or meeting notes, and accessing audio content.
February 20, 2024
at 7 PM
Webinar: Can AI Be Used As Assistive Technology?
Artificial Intelligence is having a huge impact on many aspects of life, including those with disabilities. This webinar explores ways AI has been helping people with disabilities, as well as how the newest kinds of AI can make
many tasks easier and faster.
March 19, 2024
at 12 noon
Webinar: AT for People with Vision Limitations.
Learn how AT helps people with visual impairments with reading, writing, accessing technology, walking/wayfinding, shopping, recognizing people, and other everyday activities.
TBD in April 2024
Webinar: Early Learning and Assistive Technology: Getting Started
Young children with disabilities have unique assistive technology-related needs, which can require special types of assistive technology. This webinar helps you get started with trying and matching AT for early learners with
disabilities in home and school settings.
May 21, 2024
at 7 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7:00PM
Webinar: How To Do An Assistive Technology Consideration
AT Consideration is a way to start the process of matching AT to a student with a disability. It can be done by IEP teams, either with or without an AT specialist. You will learn how to use checklists, worksheets, and AT lending
centers to help students on the road to independence.
June 11, 2024
at 12 Noon
Webinar: Hands-Free iPad and iPhone Access: Voice Control and Siri
For those with physical disabilities accessing an iPad or iPhone can be challenging. One way is to use voice commands via these devices’ built in functions: Siri or Voice Control. The webinar will introduce both.
List of recorded Webinars:
- AT for Math for High School Students,
December 9th, 2022
- AT for Math for Elementary and Middle School Students,
November 4th, 2022
- AT for Math for Early Learning (PK-2),
October 7th, 2022
- AT For Keyboarding (English and Spanish)
July 12, 2022
- A Roundtable Discussion on Favorite AAC Apps for iPad
June 7, 2022
- Alternate Pencils for Struggling Writers
May 10, 2022
- Eyegaze Technology: An Overview
April 12, 2022
- AT for Spanish Language Speakers (Introduction)
March 29, 2022
- Physical Access and AT for Mobility
February 10, 2022
- AT for People with Hearing Impairments or Deafness
July 28, 2021
- AT for People with Visual Impairments or Blindness
July 21, 2021
- ARC of Bergen and Passaic Counties
- ARC of Somerset County
- Bloomingdale School District
- Bridgewater-Raritan School District
- Burlington Township School District
- Butler Public Schools
- Closter Public Schools
- Collier Youth Services
- Community Options
- Community Regional School District
- Cresskill Public School District
- Demarest Public Schools
- Denville Township School District
- Disability Rights NJ/Assistive Technology Advocacy Center
- East Brunswick Public Schools
- Edison Township Schools
- Englewood Public Schools
- Fair Haven Public Schools
- Fort Lee Public Schools
- Glen Rock Public Schools
- High Point Regional High School
- Heightened Independence and Progress (hip) (Bergen and Hudson)
- Hoboken Public School District
- Hopatcong School District
- Infinity Today
- Kean University
- Kearny School District
- KIPP New Jersey
- Kittatinny Regional High School
- Knowlton Township School District
- Lakewood Public School District
- Little Silver School District
- Livingston School District
- Metuchen Public Schools
- Middlesex School District
- Middlesex County Vocational Technology Schools
- Middletown Township School District
- Montclair Public Schools
- Morris School District
- Mountainside Public Schools
- New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
- New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
- New Milford School District
- Newark Public School District
- New Horizons Charter School
- NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- North Jersey Elks Developmental Disabilities Agency (NJEDDA)
- North Star Academy
- North Warren Regional School District
- Northern Valley Regional High School
- Ocean County Vocational Technology Schools
- Parsippany-Troy Hills School District
- Paterson Public School District
- Pediatric Therapy Services
- Phillipsburg Public Schools
- Plainfield Public Schools
- Princeton Public Schools
- Region 5 Council for Special Education
- Roselle Park School District
- Roselle Public Schools
- Roxbury Public Schools
- Rumson Public Schools
- Saddle River School District
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District
- South Brunswick Public Schools
- Spectrum for Living
- Springfield Public Schools
- SPAN Parent Advocacy Network
- South Orange-Maplewood Public Schools
- South River Public Schools
- Sussex County Educational Services Commission
- Teaneck Public School District
- Tenafly Public Schools
- Therapy Source Inc
- Tiny Tots Therapy
- Union City Public Schools
- Verona Public Schools
- Vision Loss Alliance of NJ
- West Milford Township School District
- West New York Schools
- Westfield Public Schools
- Westwood Regional School District
- Wyckoff Public Schools
- CUNY – City College
- Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District
- Goodwill Industries of NY and Northern NJ
- Independent Support Services, Inc
- Lawrence Public School District
- New York City Department of Education
- New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
- The Shield Institute
- Viscardi School
- Yonkers Public Schools
- Young Adult Institute, Inc
“Mr. Krass has been working with the Middletown Township Schools for five years. He is always timely, responsive, and collaborative. Many of our students, parents and team members seek out his support and expertise in order to improve student achievement. Mr. Krass also works closely with our related service providers in order to support the communication needs of our learners. We believe Mr. Krass is a great support to our school community. “
“Adam is one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable assistive technology specialists I have known and has worked with my non-verbal daughter who has cerebral palsy since 1996. He is a terrific trouble shooter with all kinds of complicated devices – Adam works equally well with young children or adults with significant disabilities. I would gladly recommend Adam for any person with a disability or organizations who serve people with disabilities.”
” Adam is an exceptional consultant; he has not only helped to enable my middle schooler with the correct technologies, but has given him the confidence to use them and the courage to self advocate when he needs help. I have seen tremendous growth over the past several years, and a genuine trust and rapport has developed between them despite every hurdle, including the pandemic.
Moreover, Adam is a “teacher’s teacher”. He has taught so many other people on our team how to thoughtfully consider and implement assistive technology for our son. His collaboration with teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapists, learning specialists, case managers, and administrators is unparalleled and has made for a seamless experience.
I highly recommend Adam; he is a wonderful resource for our son and continues to be a trusted advisor. I only wish we had met him sooner! “
Adam Krass, MS, ATP, president of Adam Krass Consulting, LLC, has over 30 years of experience in the field of assistive technology. He has provided assistive technology services to children and adults with disabilities in school, work and home settings. Having worked in non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, universities, equipment manufacturers and, now as a consultant, Adam has extensive experience with all phases of assistive technology.
Adam is an emeritus adjunct professor at Kean University in Union, NJ, and taught courses on assistive technology in the School of Special Education and Literacy.
As a past president and current Trustee of NJCART, the NJ Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology, Adam is a strong supporter of collaboration and the team approach to providing assistive technology to people with disabilities.
Adam’s latest publication, the assistive technology mini-ebook, The Teacher’s Technology Toolkit: Pre-Writing and Idea Organization is available on Amazon.
Publications and Products
Adam’s latest publication, the assistive technology mini-ebook The Teacher’s Technology Toolkit: Pre-Writing and Idea Organization is written for K-12 teachers and university-level education students (both special and regular) looking for a practical and easy method of using technology to teach students with and without disabilities.
The Teacher’s Technology Toolkit
The Teacher’s Technology Toolkit will help teachers use technology (educational and assistive) to support the education of students both with and without disabilities. As a growing number of U.S. schools embrace the trend of educating students of all abilities in heterogeneous classrooms, teachers need a practical, easy-to-use guide for teaching diverse learners with technology.
The Teacher’s Technology Toolkit will present a clear, easy-to-understand and classroom-tested system of integrating educational and assistive technologies into the everyday workings of typical classrooms – where students possess a wide range of learning styles, academic levels, and physical and sensory abilities.
Available in digital or paper format at amazon.com