March 2011 | Links updated, February 2013
The TA&D network stands for the Technical Assistance and Dissemination network. These are the 40-some projects funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education to support implementation of our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The projects within the TA&D network focus on improving the educational and other services provided to children with disabilities under IDEA. Each center has a particular focus or field of endeavor. Those areas of expertise are:
- Data Management
- Dispute Resolution
- Early Childhood
- Instruction /Behavior
- Professional Development / Personnel
- Regional and National Parent Centers
- Regional Resource Center Program
- Secondary / Postsecondary
That’s a lot of expertise! Find out more about these centers by visiting the TA&D network’s website, at:
Here’s a sampling of the expertise you can find within the network.
Find help for babies and toddlers through the early intervention system in your state.
Early intervention is a system of services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities (birth to the third birthday). It’s incredibly helpful to very young children—so if you are concerned about your little one’s development, you’ll want to take advantage of the services available in early intervention programs.
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) is a project in the TA&D network. It’s also the place to go to identify where to enter the system in your state. Your early intervention contacts include the coordinators for early intervention itself (known as Part C coordinators), the coordinators for preschool programs (known as Section 619 coordinators), and the ICC (Interagency Coordinating Council) contacts for the state.
Use ECTAC’s Contact Finder, at:
If you’d like to know the OSEP-funded early childhood projects in your state, visit NECTAC’s Projects Finder, at:
Connect with special education information, to help students with disabilities, age 3-21.
NICHCY offers a great deal of information about special education, including how to ask for an evaluation of a child to see if he or she has a disability. If you’re concerned about a school-aged child, you’ll find all sorts of suggestions for how to access special education services in the public schools.
Start with our 10 Basics Steps in Special Education, which will give you a quick overview of the process and the steps you’ll want to take to find help for your child.
Sign up for our News You Can Use monthly newsletter. It will keep you current with all the great resources coming out of the TA&D network.
What kinds of testing accommodations are there for students with disabilities, and what are the effects of each?
To answer these questions, NCEO (the National Center on Educational Outcomes) offers the Online Accommodations Bibliography database at the link below, where you can search for specific accommodation research studies by typing in keywords related to the accommodation, disability, test content area, or student age.
Looking for info on assistive technology for students?
Visit the Family Center on Technology and Disability. Find fact sheets and the terrific Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology, available in English and Spanish. Take advantage of FCTD’s database of AT, too.
All this is to say: If you have a specific disability-related issue to address, check out the TA&D network to see if there is a project or center that’s funded to provide just that sort of expertise. Read about all the projects in the TA&D network at: