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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Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg, staff and program manager at Step Up AT

Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg, Ph.D.


Dr. Lydia Ocasio-Stoutenburg is the program manager for research and community engagement. She is a qualitative researcher, parent, and community advocate for children with disabilities and their families. With over 13 years of experience teaching in higher education, she has worked with undergraduate and graduate students across a range of courses, from preclinical health courses to providing specialized assistive technology supports for preservice teachers. She received her Ph.D. in special education and is also the co-author of two books on caregiver advocacy across cultures, languages, disabilities and other social identities.