Technical Assistance and Dissemination
The purpose of the Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) program is to promote academic achievement and to improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically-based research. The program does this by making competitive awards to fund model demonstration projects and TA&D centers. These TA&D projects typically focus on a topic, population, or age range, such as dispute resolution, positive behavioral interventions and supports, children with deaf-blindness, early childhood, and secondary transition.To support the implementation of IDEA and the use of evidence-based practices, the TA&D projects work together as a network to generate and bring information, knowledge, and support to those who need it, including State and local administrators, practitioners, parents and families, and policy makers.
The model demonstrations are a way to bridge the gap between existing research and practice at the school and program level by demonstrating how to implement and sustain evidence-based practices in the field. The TA&D centers support states and local systems to implement, evaluate, and scale-up the practices or models that have been identified as being effective to improve outcomes for children with disabilities. Most TA&D centers provide three levels of technical assistance: intensive/sustained, targeted/specific, and general/universal. At the intensive/sustained level, a select group of states typically receive on-site, ongoing planned assistance designed to reach an agreed upon outcome that focuses on system changes or changes to policy and practice. Through targeted/specific services, centers support activities based on a topical or technical need common to multiple recipients and can be one-time or short-term events such as consultation services or learning communities. 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.
The TA&D projects utilize implementation science and evidence-based practices to ensure outcomes for TA recipients are met. The TA&D projects strive to leverage resources to expand their overall impact and capacity and to produce products and services that are consistently high-quality, relevant, useful, cost-efficient, culturally responsive, scientifically-based, and sustainable to improve services provided under the IDEA to improve results for children with disabilities and their families. Please check out the Providing Technical Assistance page for additional information and resources.