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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

the Family Center on Technology and Disability

The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, they hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

There are 1500 member organizations of the Family Center on Technology and Disability Network. All members have the same comonalities:

  • They share a concern for the families of children with disabilities.
  • They're committed to providing useful information and resources to help children with disabilities fulfill their potential.
  • They share an interest in remaining current on developments in the field of assistive technology.
  • As a knowledge network, they pursue collaborative activities to strengthen individual organizations and the network as a whole.

Organizations that belong to the Family Center Network fit the following types:

  • Parent support and advocacy groups
  • Disability-specific associations
  • State and local government agencies
  • Foundations that support disabilities research and programs
  • National advocacy organizations
  • University-based programs

The Family Center provides the following to these Network members:

  • A fully-searchable database containing reviews of books, articles, research and other materials of interest and utility to families of children with disabilities
  • A monthly newsletter featuring discussions of leading-edge developments in assistive technology, highlights of member organization initiatives, updates on pertinent legislation and regulation, and many other items.
  • Online conferences addressing topical issues and providing access to leading national experts
  • Presentation materials on the subject of assistive technologies

The Family Center on Technology and Disability operates entirely through program support from the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Member organizations do not pay dues or contribute financially to the operation of the Center. The Family Center is managed by a partnership of organizations, including the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER), Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and InfoUse, Inc. The partnership is led by the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

If you would like more information on the Family Center, please refer to the contact information provided below.

Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
Academy for Educational Development (AED)
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20009-5721
Phone: 202-884-8068
Fax: 202-884-8441

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