TA&D stands for Technical Assistance & Dissemination network. TA&D networks include projects funded by the OSEP. The TA&D website states that “these projects provide information and technical assistance to states, schools, educational professionals and families on topics such as autism, deafness, disproportionate representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support and transition.” Each center has a particular focus or field that they have expertise in. Click here for a list of TA&D centers.
One TA&D center is NICHCY or National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. It has been an excellent source of information and training for several years. NICHCY recently lost its funding and the website will no longer be available after September 30, 2014. Most of the resources and information on NICHCY will be transitioned to the Center for Parent Information and Resources website. There will be some products and resources that will not be available on the new website. If you have not visited NICHCY, I would encourage you to do so and to download any resources that you think will be helpful in advocating for your child.
I will highlight another TA&D Center in my next post.