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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)


Family Information Guide To Assistive Technology

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How to use this Guide
The FCTD Family Guide to Assistive Technology includes the following sections:

We have included many website addresses in the guide. To keep you from having to search within an organization’s website for a particular piece of information, we’ve 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 don’t 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, that’s not possible. To access the reference, type the URL into the address window of your Internet browser. Or visit our website at 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.

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 Center’s 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 Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Visit us online at

Jacqueline Hess, Academy for Educational Development
Ana Maria Gutierrez, Academy for Educational Development
Janet Peters, PACER Simon Technology Center
Annette Cerreta, PACER Simon Technology Center

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