Assistive Technology: From Access to Success in the Classroom

Assistive Technology: From Access to Success in the Classroom


CES, through its Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT), will provide a 45-hour year-long content institute on the topics of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and universal design. This institute is free of charge, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and is designed to help school and district personnel take advantage of technologies and resources that will enable all students, especially those with disabilities, to access the curriculum and to enhance their learning.

The institute, based in Northampton, will include six (6) face-to-face sessions, one (1) online self-instruction module, and four (4) in-district projects. Universally-designed tool kits, including an iPad and a Chrome book with installed apps, will be disseminated to each two-person team accepted into the institute.

Participants who attend all classes and successfully complete the entire course will be able to keep the tool kits (please note that they belong to the school districts), and participants who successfully complete the entire course may be eligible for a $100 stipend. Details will be given on the first day of class.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Grades 3 - 12


67.5 PDPs or 3 graduate credits will be awarded to participants upon completion of this institute. Graduate credit is available through Fitchburg State University at an additional cost of $335. Graduate credit registration and payment occurs at the first section meeting, and payment can be made by credit card or check at that time.

Date and Location

The institute, based in Northampton, will include 6 face-to-face sessions, 1 online self-instruction module, and 4 in-district projects.

The below listed face-to-face sessions will take place at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton.

  • October 10, 2018; 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • November 7, 2018; 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • December 12, 2018; 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • January 30, 2019; 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • March 20, 2019; 8:30am -3:30pm
  • May 15, 2019; 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost and Application

Particpants must apply in teams of two. Teams are expected to include one (1) special educator and one (1) general educator from a school district; the special educator and general educator are expected to share at least one student.

This workshop is sponsored by ESE and is free for selected applicants. Apply using the form at the bottom of this page, and final teams will be selected and notified by Septermber 25, 2018. 

Each team must also download, fill out, and submit the below form in order for your application to be reviewed. The Supervisor/Principal's signature indicates the application has been endorsed, and the educators have been given permission to attend all session dates as indicated above. Applications will not be considered for selection until this form has been returned. Please email your completed form to Michelle Geoghegan at

Principal Sign Off Form


Assistive Technology: From Access to Success in the Classroom Application

The application deadline is September 25, 2018. Applicants selected for the institute will be contacted by September 25, 2018.

Team Member #1 - Personal Information
Team Member #2 - Personal Information