Step Up AT is an evidence-based customizable program that coaches teachers, teacher assistants, teacher support specialists, school districts, and other agencies to adopt evidence-based assistive technology (AT) practices shown to improve early literacy outcomes for young children (ages 3-5) with disabilities.

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Austin Garilli, a staff program manager for curriculum and training committed to making a difference for children with disabilities

Austin Garilli, Ph.D.


Dr. Austin Garilli, program manager for curriculum and training, is a state-certified teacher of the gifted with credentials for school administration.  She has almost 20 years of experience in the classroom working with gifted students, some of whom also had special needs.  Additionally, she served as her school site’s professional development liaison with the district for 10 years, streamlining the delivery of continuing education for her faculty.  At the University of Miami, she helped lead a program evaluation team in the School of Education and Human Development specializing in school-based educational initiatives. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership.