teacher helping girl learnDirector, At-Risk Programs
Kelli Kercher | 801-264-7402 | kkercher@murrayschools.org

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Adair | 801-264-7402 | ladair@murrayschools.org

Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM

5102 Commerce Drive | Building #1 |  Murray, Utah 84107
Phone: 801-264-7402    Fax: 801-264-7427

Murray School District has made a change to our enrollment policy for nonresident students PS 443 “Non-Resident Students Enrollment & Graduation”. The changes are specific to the process and criteria for determining the eligibility of non-resident students with disabilities. The district invites qualified students with disabilities to apply for attendance in any of our schools. The policy can be found here.

School districts and charter schools are required by Utah law, 53A1a-704(10), to inform parents of students with IEPs enrolled in public schools, of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Scholarship Program. This information can be found online at Carson Smith Scholarship.

Every child is entitled to a public education regardless of disability. Children with disabilities may go without services because families are not fully aware of their options. If you know of a child, birth to age 22, who is not receiving any education services or feel that your child may be in need of special education services, please contact your local school or call the Murray School District Special Education Department at 801-264-7402 and ask for Kelli Kercher.

What is Assistive Technology (AT)?

Assistive technology is any tool or device that a student with a disability uses to do a task that he or she could not otherwise do. It can also be any tool the student uses to do a task more easily, faster, or in a better way. It can be a commercial product or something someone makes. It can be a simple “low tech” device such as a pencil grip or an expensive “high tech” device such as a computer or dedicated communication device. Another example of Assistive Technology is an app, extension, or add-on to be used with a standard computer, tablet, or another device.

Why is it important for all educators to be aware of assistive technology?

Assistive technology has the potential of dramatically impacting the life of a student with disabilities. Assistive Technology can give a student a way to communicate with peers, it could give them the opportunity to complete schoolwork independently, or to feel more confident in tasks that they are already doing. It can also help the teacher more directly meet the needs of the student.

Who benefits from assistive technology?

Any student with a disability from mild to severe may benefit from the use of assistive technology. There is assistive technology to help an individual with reading, writing, remembering, walking, sitting, seeing, hearing, and communicating. Any student who needs help with any of these life functions may benefit significantly from the use of assistive technology.

What are some of the things assistive technology can do for students?

  • Help a student learn
  • Make things easier to turn on
  • Help the student keep track of their own schedule
  • Hold things steady or in place
  • Help a student get dressed or eat
  • Make playing or recreational activities possible
  • Allow communication or improve communication
  • Help a student see or hear better
  • Help a student control things such as a television, radio, computer, or lights

What services does the AT Team provide?

The Murray School District Assistive Technology Team serves as a resource for the assessment and development of assistive technology systems for students who have limited ability to fully participate in school and life activities.

For information or scheduling for your student, please contact a member of the Assistive Technology Team and/or your student's case manager.

Becky Powell - Team Lead & Speech Language Technician
Longview Elementary School
801-264-7428 ext. 5914
rpowell@murrayschools.org

 

Catherine Bigelow - Occupational Therapist

cbigelow@murrayschools.org

Jill Arnold - Speech Language Pathologist

jarnold@murrayschools.org

Jill Sharp

jsharp@murrayschools.org

Mallory Poole - Special Education Teacher
Mpoole@murrayschools.org

Melina Mauceri

mmauceri@murrayschools.org