Artificial Intelligence

Workgroup on Artificial Intelligence in Special Education

As CIDDL’s mission is to influence change that supports the appropriate use of educational technology in all Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE), related services, and K-12 learning environments to improve outcomes for all students, especially those with disabilities we are developing a workgroup to support guidance on artificial intelligence (AI).


The vision of the AI workgroup in special education research and personnel preparation is to support a collaborative group of leaders in the field to create a blueprint for the use of artificial intelligence to impact education and the lives of students with and without disabilities. We believe AI has the potential to disrupt education by impacting personnel preparation and providing personalized learning experiences, supporting students with communication and social skills, and helping teachers identify and address learning needs.

Strategic Goals

  1. Facilitate the development and dissemination of an AI blueprint (and other resources) to inform practices, policy, research, and resources, including effective models.
  2. Facilitate the development and dissemination of research on AI.


  1. Develop a working draft by October 2023
  2. Peer review and copy editing November 2023
  3. Initial blueprint published December 2023

Guidelines for Participation

  • Workgroup members are…
    • Willing to collaboratively develop a blueprint to guide higher education faculty and researchers on AI ethics, uses security, accessibility, K-12, and postsecondary practice. 
    • Commitment to release writing for open source dissemination for increased accessibility through multiple venues.
    • Members will collaborate with researchers, educators, families, and industry to inform the blueprint to ensure equity and best practice.
    • Willingness to meet quick deadlines for peer review and publication.
    • Willingness to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to ensure open and secure work can emerge.  

CIDDL Responsibilities

  • Recognize workgroup members on the CIDDL website.
  • Provide a mechanism for social and project engagement through social media and the CIDDL website.
  • CIDDL will share our research and findings with the broader community to promote the use of AI for social good.
  • Provide synchronous and asynchronous workspace and a potential face-to-face opportunity for collaboration.
  • Publication of the developed blueprint.
  • Development of vlogs, blogs, podcasts, and professional development to disseminate blueprint recommendations.

We believe that AI has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of students with disabilities. We are committed to developing and using AI tools in a way that is ethical, accessible, and equitable. We believe that AI can be a powerful tool, and we are excited to work with others to ensure the appropriate use of these tools is supported throughout the field. 

If you are interested in participating in a workgroup please complete this application. If you do not have time to participate but would like to remain up-to-date on the progress of the workgroup, please sign-up for the CIDDL weekly update or join the CIDDL Community to stay up-to-date and discuss technology-related topics.