Technical Assistance & Dissemination (TA & D)

The Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA & D) program is the U.S. Department of Education’s primary vehicle under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for providing educators, policymakers, other service providers, and the parents and families of children with disabilities with information on effective practices for meeting the needs of children with disabilities and their families. The program makes competitive awards to provide technical assistance, support model demonstration projects, disseminate useful information, and implement activities that are supported by scientific research. These awards are intended to improve services provided under the IDEA, including the practices of professionals and others involved in providing services that promote academic achievement and improve results for children with disabilities.

A majority of the grants currently funded under the TA & D program support technical assistance centers that focus on a particular topic, population, or age range, such as early intervening services, dispute resolution, early childhood, college- and career-readiness, and positive behavioral interventions and supports to improve results for children with disabilities. Most centers use a service model that provides three levels of technical assistance: intensive/sustained, targeted/specific, and general/universal. At the intensive/sustained level, a handful of states receive on-site, ongoing planned assistance designed to reach an outcome desired by the recipient. Through targeted/specific services, centers support activities based on the topical or technical needs common to multiple recipients and can be one-time or short-term events such as consultation services or presentations at conferences. The centers also provide general/universal technical assistance services that permit a broader audience to access information and services through presentations, newsletters, or research syntheses that are made available on center Web sites.


AEM – National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
CADRE – Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
CCNETWORK – Comprehensive Center Network
Diagram Center
CEEDAR Center – Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform
CIFR – Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting
CIID – Center for the Integration of IDEA Data
CIPP – Center to Improve Program and Project Performance
CISL – Center for Inclusive Software for Learning
CITES – Center on Technology Systems in Local Educational Agencies/Center on Inclusive Technology & Education System
CPIR – Center for Parent Information & Resources
DaSy – The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems
ECPC – Early Childhood Personnel Center
ECTA – Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
IDC – IDEA Data Center
IRIS Center
L4L – Lead for Literacy
NCPMI – National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
NCDB – National Center on Deaf-Blindness
NCEO – National Center on Educational Outcomes
NCHE – National Center for Homeless Education
NCII – National Center on Intensive Intervention
NCIL – National Center on Improving Literacy
NCIS – National Center for Systemic Improvement
NDC – National Deaf Center
NiMAC – National Instructional Materials Access Center
NTACT:C – National Technical Assistance Center on Transition:  The Collaboration PROGRESS Center 
PBIS – Center on Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports
Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest
SISEP – State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center
STEMIE – Early Childhood STEM Center
TIES Center – Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities