Center for Assistive Technology and Training


Center for Assistive Technology and Training

CCATT is a Leader in the Field of Assistive Technology

COVID Update: The CCATT Center is currently closed for physical visits to the center, but consultation, direct instruction in the use of assistive technology tools, and professional development opportunities are being provided remotely. Requests for direct, in-person services will be discussed with the referring district, and decisions will be made on an individual basis. For up to date information, please email:

Nationally known as a leader in the field of assistive technology since 1995, the CCATT center assists individuals, families, and professionals in the selection, acquisition, and use of assistive technology. The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of teachers and therapists with extensive classroom experience and proven expertise in computer access, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), and adapted curriculum solutions. This dedicated and enthusiastic staff has shared best practices and knowledge with many workshop audiences, and have been regular presenters at the annual Closing the Gap conference, which brings together recognized leaders in the field of AT from throughout the country.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is any device, program, or app that makes life easier and improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive Technology empowers students to access the curriculum and improve their learning and aid their communication. Student IEPs are required to address and consider assistive technology.


  • Assistive Technology, LD & AAC Evaluations are based on the SETT Framework (Student, Environments, Tasks, Tools). Specialists help students (PreK-22), families, educators, and schools to address universal access concerns and maximize participation and inclusion for all learners. They also provide the opportunity to evaluate different devices or software.
  • Consultation helps schools and districts to address funding, selecting, customizing, implementing and sustaining the use of assistive technology, and meet IEP and curriculum goals through technology implementation. CCATT specialists provide consults to students, individual student teams, districts, schools, or programs. Consultants have special expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Learning Disabilities (LD).
  • Professional Development and coaching can be arranged at your site or ours to meet specialized district or staff needs. CCATT is an Assistive Technology Training Provider for the Massachusetts Department of Education. The CCATT team offers workshops on the latest in adaptive technology and augmentative communication; how to create universally designed classrooms, and how to conduct AT assessments. Examples of some CCATT workshops that we can provide include:
    • Introduction to AAC
    • Beyond the Basics: AAC
    • Proloquo2Go App
    • Low Cost/No Cost Google Apps and Extensions for AAC
    • Accessible Text: Bookshare, Learning Ally, and Creating Accessible Text
  • The Assistive Technology Professional Learning Community (PLC): Check for new dates for this highly popular free PLC. This is a community of individuals interested in sharing resources, ideas, and implementation of assistive technology supports in the classroom and beyond.
  • The Patty-Walsh Cassidy Lending Library, established in 2012, provides free access to assistive technology equipment and applications loans to evaluate devices, software and hardware.

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For more information, contact: 
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HEC Academy, 228 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060
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Erin MacEachen-Travis
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