Despite 30 years of research that demonstrate assistive technology’s extraordinary ability to help children learn and develop, its chronic underuse by early intervention and preschool special education professionals in their work with families led CDS to intervene. The Center’s receipt of federal model demonstration funding allowed it to create the following resources that describe AT’s fundamentals, AT’s potential and ways to document AT’s use.

For beginners

Myth Buster, Definition of AT and Is this AT? provide the fundamentals of early childhood assistive technology services.

Advanced offerings

An early childhood AT white paper addresses the gamut of assistive technology items available for young children. Review it here. <insert link>

The early childhood segment of Assistive Technology Research to Practice Bridge – Technology Solutions for Early Childhood reinforces the importance of assistive technology as a bridge between a child’s abilities and an adult’s expectations. Review it here.

Documenting AT

The early childhood Routines and Activities and surveys are used to identify where assistive technology may be immediately useful.

The early childhood AT ATlas is a child-specific assistive technology customizable planning guide. Review it here.

The All About Me and My AT resources visually captures a child’s assistive technology chronology.

Profiling Early Childhood AT

CDS profiled its AT Birth To Five project, also known as the Delaware Early Childhood Assistive Technology Demonstration, in its 2013-2014 Annual Report. Read the profile here to see how small things can make a big difference for a young child with a disability.


The Delaware Early Childhood Assistive Technology Demonstration is funded by grant #H327L120010 from the U.S. Department of Education, Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities program, Models Promoting Young Children’s use of Assistive Technology priority. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and one should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.