The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) increases the capacity of U.S. families and educators to learn about, acquire or implement effective assistive technology (AT) and instructional technology (IT) devices and services. This collaborative project brings together the collective power of FHI 360, the American Institutes for Research and PACER Center. These organizations bring to CTD over 25 years of expertise in AT and IT.
In addition to families and educators, target audiences include: administrators of state and local educational agencies, disability professionals, service providers, family advocates, researchers, Part C lead agencies, technology developers and vendors. CTD has a faculty of prominent experts from CAST, Johns Hopkins University, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, the University of Wisconsin, Illinois State University, the University of Oregon and other institutions.
Through its website, CTD provides:
- A learning center with in-depth, e-learning modules on a wide array of AT and IT topics
- A café with expert-led topical and audience-specific discussion forums
- A robust library of research, training and informational resources
CTD’s work is designed to help children with disabilities from birth through the transition to adulthood. CTD assists them in participating fully in daily routines in their natural environments (the result of increased access to the general educational curriculum), improving their functional outcomes and educational results, and preparing for college and careers.