The Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC) was formed to facilitate coordination, collaboration and communication within the Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). FHI 360 manages all of the functions within the TACC.
The TA&D Network comprises between 20–40 OSEP centers that provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, educational professionals and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportional representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support and transition. TACC also coordinates between these centers and other federally funded TA&D centers, national professional organizations and a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
Serving as a centralizing and supporting resource, TACC helps network members carry out their assignments and responsibilities more efficiently and effectively, ensuring the flow of necessary information and other resources throughout the network. Broadly, TACC’s mandate is to help create and support:
- Collaboration and coordination across centers
- Less duplication of effort
- Maximized use of funds and less expensive services by leveraging the numbers in the network
- Management of multiple conferences and conference services for the network
- Information databases for TA&D Network use
- Webinar technology, services and support
- Cross-platform technical assistance to reach the broadest possible audience