Project Purpose

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

The FCTD web site ( provides thousands of assistive and instructional technology resources of interest to families of children with disabilities. The website offers access to fact sheets, Power Point presentations, monthly newsletters, online discussion and summer institute transcripts, a database of more than 3,500 organizations, a resource review database with hundreds of reviews of AT resources and more. Through the site users can also access FCTD Family Information Guides as well as resources in Spanish. We invite you to contact us at We welcome feedback, new members and all who contribute to our growing knowledge base.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability operates entirely through program support from the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Family Center is managed by a partnership of organizations, including Adirondack Accessibility, Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) and the Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute. The partnership is led by FHI360. 

Family Center Resources

Resource Review Database - This fully-searchable database contains hundreds of reviews of books, articles, research and other materials of interest and utility to families of children with disabilities.
Member Database - Information on more than 3,500 disability organizations searchable by state, type of organization and target disability.
Monthly Newsletters - FCTD Technology Voices brings you timely articles on a wide range of AT topics from inclusion to planning a summer vacation for a special needs child. Each issue features interviews with experts, profiles of the Family Center's member organizations and additional assistive technology resources.
FCTD Online Conference Series - Transcripts of online discussions on a range of AT topics. Consumers, families, friends and professionals are encouraged to participate. Share your questions, comments, experiences and concerns or just listen-in. Hear from others working in the field. Learn from the experts.
AT Resources CD Rom - Looking for disability organizations, articles about AT, transcripts from online discussions...You’ll find it all here! The Family Center compiles all of its resources onto one accessible and information-rich CD-Rom.

Family Guides - Here you'll find our Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and our recently released Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning. Both guides include valuable information on AT-related laws and advice for family members, educators, and practitioners.  Both include an illustrated glossary and a resource section with links.  Both guides are available n both HTML and PDF formats and the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology is available in Spanish.

AT Fact Sheets - The FCTD’s 2-3 page Fact Sheets are succinct resources that can be distributed easily to families and professionals. They include: AT 101 (an introduction), Assistive Technology and the IEP, and Assistive Technology Laws. In this section you can also find un updated version of the FCTD Illustrated AT Glossary.

AT Success Stories - At the Family Center, we understand the impact technology can have on the life of a student with disabilities. Here, you can read inspiring stories about students with a range of disabilities who have experienced great success and achievement because of their use of AT.

En Español - Here, you will find the FCTD resources that have been translated into Spanish. Those resources include the Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology, all of the AT Fact Sheets, and our AT Success Stories.



Contact Information

Family Center on Technology and Disability
FHI 360
1825 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-884-8068
Fax: 202-884-8441
Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
FHI 360 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW 7th Floor Washington, DC 20009-5721
phone: (202) 884-8068 fax: (202) 884-8441 email:
Copyright 2015
FCTD has been honored to serve you since 1999. Now our work has been taken up and expanded by the Center on Technology and Disability Please visit us there where you can find all FCTD materials in the CTD Library, view a wide array of new resources on assistive and educational technology, and participate in expert-led forums and professional development events.