Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition

How to Use this Guide

The FCTD Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning includes the following sections:

We have included many website addresses throughout the guide.  Whenever possible, we have listed the URL (the website address) that will take you to the precise page within an
organization’s website on which the relevant resource appears.  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 version of the guide. 

The information in the guide is accurate and current as of September 2009.  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 and transition resources available in addition to those discussed here.  

  Click here to print the entire guide as a formatted pdf document.


Jacqueline Hess, Academy for Educational Development
Ana Maria Gutierrez,
Academy for Educational Development
With contributions from PACER Center and Dr. Sean Smith, University of Kansas

Ordering Information

Individuals are eligible for one free copy of the guide.  Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders.

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About the Family Center on Technology and Disability

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) produces and distributes a range of informational resources on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. The Center’s goal is to strengthen the ability of organizations throughout the country to provide current, accurate, and useful technology-related services, resources, and 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 900 abstracts of books, articles, videos, websites, and other resources concerning assistive and instructional technology

  • A fully searchable database of information on approximately 3,000 organizations

  • nationwide, that serve the disability community

  • Monthly thematic newsletters on assistive and instructional technologies, featuring in-depth interviews with nationally-recognized experts

  • Month-long online discussions of technology-related topics, moderated by national experts

  • An annual Online Institute on Assistive Technology, for which participants may receive continuing education units

  • 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

  • An Assistive and Instructional Technology Resources CD-ROM, containing all of the information available on the FCTD website, updated annually

The Family Center on Technology and Disability is administered by the Academy for
Educational Development (AED), in partnership with the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER Center), the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and InfoUse.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Grant No. H327F080003. Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.

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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:
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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.