Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology
Jacqueline Hess, Academy for Educational
Ana Maria Gutierrez, Academy for Educational Development
Janet Peters, PACER Simon Technology Center
Cerreta, PACER Simon Technology Center
About the Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center (FCTD) produces and distributes a range of informational resources on the subject of assistive technology. The Centers goal is to strengthen the ability of organizations throughout the country to provide current, accurate, and useful materials to the families of children with disabilities.
Among the resources provided by the Family Center are the following:
- A fully searchable database of more than 600 abstracts of books, articles, videos, websites, and other resources concerning assistive technology
- A fully searchable database of information on approximately 1,500 organizations nationwide, that serve the disability community
- Monthly thematic newsletters on AT topics, featuring in-depth interviews with nationally-recognized experts
- Month-long online discussions of AT topics, moderated by national experts
- An annual Online Summer Institute on Assistive Technology, for which participants may receive continuing education units
- Two Assistive Technology Resources CD-ROMs produced annually
- A fully accessible website that provides the resources above plus an AT glossary, an introductory AT primer, AT success stories, an explanation of relevant legislation, and links to other relevant material
The Family Center is administered by the Academy for Educational Development in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights, the Alliance for Technology Access, InfoUse, and the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access. The Family Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Educations Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
Visit us online at www.fctd.info
How to use this Guide
The FCTD Family Guide to Assistive Technology includes the following
Possibilities of Assistive Technology (AT)
- Assistive Technology in
- Funding AT
- Quick Questions and
- Glossary of AT Terms and
- Additional AT Information
We have included many website addresses in the guide. To keep you from
having to search within an organizations website for a particular piece
of information, weve included the URL (the address) that will take you to
the precise page within the website. That means that the URL may seem very
long. Please dont let that stop you. On our website, the addresses are
hot links so that you merely have to click on them. In the paper
version, of course, thats not possible. To access the reference, type the
URL into the address window of your Internet browser. Or visit our website at
http://www.fctd.info and use the online
Family Information Guide.
The information in the guide is accurate and current as of February
2005. You may copy and distribute portions of the guide without prior consent.
Of course, we would appreciate it if you would give appropriate attribution to
the Family Center on Technology and Disability. Products that are identified in
the guide are meant only as examples. The Family Center and the U.S. Department
of Education do not endorse specific products. There are many other fine AT
devices available in addition to those pictured or discussed here.
The Family Center is always trying to improve the quality of the AT
information materials that we produce. You can help us better serve you by
completing the short and easy evaluation form that can be found on our website.
We would happy to mail a printed evaluation form to you if you prefer.
* This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office
of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Opinions expressed herein are those of
the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S.
Department of Education.