Empowering Teachers to Sustain Assistive Technology (AT) Use in Underserved Schools

Initiative Description

The 2019 J Warren Perry and Charles Donald Perry Memorial Fund was awarded for a collaboration between the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo Technology-Related Assistive for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) Program, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the Niagara Falls Central School District. The project, titled “Empowering Teachers to Sustain Assistive Technology (AT) Use in Underserved Schools,” focused on instructing Niagara Falls teaching staff about accessibility features available in Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10.

Lessons Learned/Replication

They were able to work with over 150 teachers. The project resulted in the creation of video resources for teachers to empower teachers to utilize these with their students. The project provided in-person training for these features as well as about assistive technology in general. TRAID staff provided a face to face training then uploaded resources to the Niagara Falls Central School District webpage. This program will help students in several areas including transition.

Year of Implementation


Focus Areas


New York

Initiative contact information

Erin Brunelle