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Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth with Disabilities and their Families

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Welcome to TAcommunities!

TAcommunities.org is one of several forums available as part of OSEP's Technical Assistance initiative to exchange strategies and ideas that will improve outcomes for children with disabilities. This project seeks to combine OSEP resources from the Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division and technical assistance resources from the Research to Practice Division.


  • Provides a platform for exchanging resources and materials
  • Enables you to meet and interact with colleagues across the nation
  • Sponsors teleseminars and face to face events

More than a Website

Tacommunities.org is a software tool. As a member, this platform will enable you to find colleagues who share interests (member profiles), participate in discussions, and share strategies, resources, and ideas (post content). These interactive features are what makes tacommunities.org a community - rather than a passive website, although they may make the site appear more complex. We encourage you to use the member manuals, ask questions, and use the various functions that this software affords. This is an innovative platform - and an innovative way to think about learning and sharing. Thank you for your willingness to be involved.

How to Join

We invite you to participate in the TAcommunities website! To join, click on the Join our Community feature in the login box on the left side of this page (it is free and there is no obligation to participate in activities). Be sure to specify which community or communities you would like to join.

Your Password

Once your account has been approved, you will receive a computer-generated password from "chief editor". Use this password to login for the first time. Note - Your password is case sensitive.  Be sure to type it in exactly as it appears when it is sent to you.  If you would like to change your password to something you can remember - login, go to the Me box (left hand column) and to My PreferencesA step-by-step process for changing your password is provided.   

Forgot Your Password?

Enter your username and click Login.  You will be asked if you want your password e-mailed to you.  Click this button.  When you receive your password, remember is it case sensitive! 

You can change your password to something you can remember once you have logged in, by going to the Me Menu and clicking on My Preferences. 

Need More Help?

We developed a Member Manual for the TAcommunities website that provides step-by-step directions to participate in the major functions of the site. To access the manual, click on the highlighted document link at the bottom of this page.

We have also included support materials throughout the site to help you participate in many of the features that this software offers. To access these materials, link to the Help and Support header on the right side of each page.

In order to orient you to these changes and to help you be aware of how to best utilize and participate in TAcommunities, we encourage you to take a few minutes to review the Member Manual we have created. 

We hope you actively participate in this new type of technical assistance. Please take advantage of the discussion, resources, and other community events available across TAcommunities.   If you still have questions, feel free to contact Whitney Donaldson at wdonaldson@air.org or Kristen Register at kregister@air.org.

Let's Work Together

Please note that we are building this community together. Thus, consider each page a "work in progress". Thank you again for your interest. We encourage you to use this website and the other community forums that will be available to continue your good work. Please contact the facilitators of each community to learn more about the benefits of participation.

Learn More about the Initiative

Read an invitation letter that was sent to Chief State School Officers and the Part C Lead Agencies from Stephanie Lee, Director of the Office of Special Education Programs.

This TA Community of Practice is supported by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education. It encourages Community facilitators and members to share knowledge with one another and initiate collaborative actions that seek to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families in states and jurisdictions. Community content or opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

Date Added: 2001-03-14 9:37 am
Date Modified: 2006-03-02 5:44 pm

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