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CITES at CAST is creating and disseminating a framework of evidence-based practices to help instructional technology and assistive technology programs at local education agencies work together to enhance the use of technology to support all students’ success. The Center also provides technical assistance to local education agencies, educators, and families to ensure that students with disabilities are able to use the technology tools they need to foster learning and life success.

Partner Organizations

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Pioneers in the development of Universal Design for Learning, CAST’s mission is to reduce barriers and build opportunity for all learners to succeed. CAST achieves this by helping educators and organizations apply insights from the learning sciences and leading-edge practices to educational design and implementation. 

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Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting works collaboratively to develop evaluation strategies that provide ongoing formative and summative feedback that informs teams of progress and ensures the quality, relevance, and usefulness of products.

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Consortium for School Network (CoSN) logo

CoSN is the premier membership organization designed to meet the needs of K12 education technology leaders, representing over 13 million students in school districts/systems nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. CoSN’s resources support the entire IT team in a school system/district and offers members the opportunity to access their peers,  thought leadership, and participate in local chapters.

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Center for Parent Information and Resources logo

The Center for Parent Information & Resources (CPIR) is a hub of information and products for the national network of federally funded Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community serving families of children with disabilities. 

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Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) logo

The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) is the global leader in assistive technology (AT) education and research and the premier organization for AT manufacturers, sellers and providers. The ATIA's mission is to serve as the collective voice of the assistive technology industry to help ensure that the best products and services are delivered to persons with disabilities.

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations. AIR's overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For us, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives us. 

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Project Advisors

  • Jill Brown
    Director, Professional Learning, CoSN 
  • Christopher R. Bugaj
    Assistive Technology Specialist, Loudoun County Public Schools
  • John Eisenberg
    Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education
  • Karen Erickson
    Director, Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Nicole Gaines
    Project Director, National Instructional Materials Access Center
  • Janet Good
    Florida's MTSS Project/Coordinator, University of South Florida
  • Susan Hardin
    Assistive Technology Consultant and UDL Coordinator, Macomb ISD
  • Eric Hileman
    Executive Director of IT Services, Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Drew Hinds
    Technology Director, Corvallis School District
  • Michelle Lewis
    Executive Director, NH Parent Information Center
  • Mike Marotta
    Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center at Disability Rights New Jersey
  • Jessica McKay
    Community Programs Manager, Knowbility
  • Daniel McNulty
    State Director, Indiana PATINS Project
  • Yokasta Urena
    Parent of Student with a Visual Impairment
  • Caroline Van Howe
    Chief Operations Operator, Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
  • Christine Voelker
    K-12 Program Director, Quality Matters

Center Leadership

Center Staff

Technical Assistance Specialists 

Research Associate: Peggy Coyne

Past & Present Interns

  • Roba Hrisseh
  • Angel Morgan
  • Yokasta Urena

Project Management: Mia Gross

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