Areas of Expertise
Disproportionality Issues in Special Education
AIR plays a leading role in providing states with support for responding to disproportionality in special education through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)-funded centers such as the National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI), the K-8 Access Center, and the Elementary and Middle School TA Center (EMSTAC). In addition to working with individual states, AIR staff collaborate on this topic with the Harvard Civil Rights Project, presenting at numerous national conferences and providing training to educators in local districts and schools.
Indicators reveal vast disparities between people with and without disabilities in the United States. Overall, people with disabilities have lower employment rates, lower annual earnings, lower educational attainment and achievement; lack adequate access to housing, transportation, technology, and health care; and are more likely to live in poverty. This annual progress report describes the current state of people with disabilities in America.
The Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC) was a five year contract between the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It was funded from 1997-2001.
The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) advances learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering technology innovation. We help researchers, product developers, manufacturers and publishers to create and commercialize products of value to students with special needs.
The Access Center was a national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the Department of Education. The purpose of the Access Center was to improve access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels.