The SIFTS is a quick and easy web-based survey tool developed primarily to support IEP teams who need assistance in matching student needs and strengths to AT features. It has embedded text, picture and video supports to assist teams in building their knowledge of assistive technologies as well as their capacity to implement AT assessments.
Information on the website is secure. Student results can be retained for future use, and multiple AT domains can be collected and stored for the same student.
While the SIFTS is primarily intended for school teams; parents, students, consumers and others can also use it due to the limited use of jargon and the survey's focus on observable functional performance outcomes easily identified by most. It is not intended to take the place of a full AT assessment, but to provide support for the portion of the assessment that requires teams to match student needs to AT features before making final device selections.