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Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

Julie Freed
Speech-Language Pathologist


Assistive Technology

Assistive technology enables children and youth with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life and helps them to access their right to a "free, appropriate public education" (FAPE) in the "least restrictive environment" (LRE). Although assistive technology is a "tool" or set of "tools" that assists students to benefit from the general education curriculum, it is not solely devices or services. It may also take the form of adaptations or modifications. Because assistive technology takes many different forms, it looks different from student to student. In fact, the provision of assistive technology must be individualized for each student. (from "Assistive Technology: Creating a Pathway")


With this in mind, the assistive technology staff at Grant Wood AEA provide services in the following areas:

  • specialized consultation to families and IEP/IFSP teams

  • support to families and IEP/IFSP teams

  • information resources to families and educators

  • information and referral

  • professional development opportunities to families and IEP/IFSP teams

  • assistive technology lending library



GWAEA Assistive Technology Support Team Members:

Stacy Behmer

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Julie Freed

Assistive Tech Team Lead,
All Agency Low Incidence Disability Consultant, Speech/Language Pathologist

Sheila Matheson

Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic,Cedar Rapids Trinity Lutheran, Isaac Newton Christian AcademySummit School

Jamie Zearley

Iowa City, Iowa City Regina

Debbie Mills

College Community, Marion,


Amanda Miller

Benton, Vinton-Shellsburg, Center Point-Urbana, North-Linn, Alburnett, Central City

Jessica Smitterbergh

Mount Vernon, Lisbon, Springville, Solon, West Branch, Tipton, North Cedar, Olin, Monticello, Anamosa, Midland

Julie King       

Belle Plaine, Iowa Valley, HLV, Mid-Prairie, Williamsburg, Washington, Highland, Lone Tree, Clear Creek Amana,
English Valleys

Randy Perkins

GWAEA Off-site programs


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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