OSEP-Funded Early Childhood Projects on AT
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funds a large number of early childhood projects that are designed to develop and disseminate information on effective practices, including assistive technology for infants, toddlers and young children. The list below provides a brief description of selected currently and recently funded projects.
This Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology practices, devices, and services. See the Early Childhood section of their library and their YouTube channel.
The Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS) provides online workshops focusing on the use of technology to assist young children with disabilities in achieving developmental goals. The project is sponsored by the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education at Western Illinois University.
This model demonstration project is designed to assist IDEA Part C and Part B preschool programs in implementing and sustaining promising practices in the effective use of assistive technology by infants, toddlers, and preschool children with disabilities and, as a result, improve their functional outcomes.
Project KITE, designed by the Simon Technology Center at PACER Center to train parents and teachers to more effectively include young children with disabilities in their homes and classrooms in culturally sensitive ways through the use of assistive technology. The project focuses on children ages 3-8, from various socio-economic backgrounds and cultures.
a project of the Simon Technology Center at PACER Center, designed to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities ages birth to 5 by helping parents and providers understand how assistive technology (AT) can help.