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CITES: Developing Comprehensive & Sustainable Systems for the Effective Use of AT & IT

Illustration of an overhead view of students using digital devices and a teacher in a classroom

Project Name
Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES)



CITES will provide a comprehensive technical assistance program of high-quality products and services for local education agencies (LEAs), focused on the systemic integration of assistive technology and accessible instructional technology (AT and IT). Collaboration with a large range of stakeholders will be leveraged to create a framework that LEAs can use to develop or enhance comprehensive and sustainable systems for the effective use of AT and IT.

CAST and primary partner, AIR, will leverage the expertise and resources of both organizations to achieve three central goals:

  • Build LEA capacity for using an evidence-based framework to develop, implement, and refine comprehensive and sustainable systems for effective use of AT and IT;
  • Increase the knowledge of educators in how to apply principles of UDL and evidence-based practices to maximize integrated use of AT and IT throughout instruction; and
  • Increase the use and integration of AT and IT by learners with disabilities and their families.




Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education

Primary Partner

American Institutes for Research (AIR)


Center for Parent Information and Resources (CIPR)
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Principal Investigators

Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D.
Jose Blackorby, Ph.D.

Project Directors

Cynthia Curry, M.S.Ed.
Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D.


For more information about this project, please contact Joy Zabala or Cynthia Curry.