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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Elena Fernández

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Elena Fernández, M.S.Ed.


Elena Fernández, M.S.Ed., is a research assistant at the University of Miami, pursuing her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Special Education. As a dually state-certified teacher in preschool and K-12 exceptional student education, she brings niche experience working with young children with prenatal drug exposure and adverse childhood experiences. In addition, she has a background in implementing AT, specifically AAC, in the early childhood classroom. Ms. Fernández was a fellow at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution and is currently a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) trainee at the University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development.