Center for Assistive Technology
and Inclusive Education Studies (CATIES)
CATIES, the Center for Assistive Technology and Inclusive Education Studies, is a research and service initiative of The College of New Jersey’s School of Education. It is dedicated to improving the educational experiences of children with disabilities by linking faculty and staff expertise with the needs of New Jersey's educational community.
Assistive technology evaluations have continued to be a very exciting component of the services provided by CATIES. Students from preschool through college have benefited from evaluations that identified assistive technology to support reading, writing, organization and computer access.
In addition to assistive technology evaluations, CATIES now provides augmentative communication evaluations. From low-tech, single message devices to high-tech, dynamic display devices, CATIES’ staff provide assessments spanning the assistive technology continuum. Both assistive technology and augmentative communication assessments can be done at the CATIES center at TCNJ or in the student’s educational placement.
CATIES' staff continues to provide software and hardware training to students, parents, teachers and support staff in order to increase the effective implementation of assistive technology in the classroom.
Last year marked the beginning of an exciting initiative between CATIES and Montgomery Township School District. CATIES staff provided monthly hands-on in-service opportunities for a select team of Montgomery teachers and then provided them with in-class technical assistance. Collaboration between Montgomery’s Assistive Technology Team and CATIES’ staff has increased district awareness, use and implementation of available assistive technology. To learn more about this unique professional development model, as well as assessments and trainings, please visit the Center’s website at: http://caties.tcnj.edu or email