With the development and availability of computer technology, the Center for the Study of Physical Education and Sport for Persons with Disabilities had moved to the development of interactive instructional technology to prepare adapted physical education teachers through several grants. In 1998, it received a Florida Department of Education technology grant which provided funding for the purchase of a server and allowed Dr. Richard Heeschen to develop of a website for the program’s website. The grant was effective in training county supervisors of physical education to communicate among themselves and with teachers in their respective counties by e-mail and through the establishment of websites dedicated to physical education in each county in the state of Florida. Also at that time, the name of the Center for the Study of Physical Education and Sport for Persons with Disabilities was changed to the Center for the Study of Technology in Physical Activity.
Dr. Peter Ellery secured a $540,000 grant project in 1999, which supported the development of an online master’s degree program in adapted physical education. The program could be completed by physical education teachers via their computers regardless of their proximity to the University of South Florida. By the time the three-year grant had ended, several faculty members had retired, Dr. Ellery moved to another university, and the programs were discontinued.