Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER)
Our mission is teaching preservice and in-service teachers how to use assistive technology and apply principles of universal design for learning in their classrooms. Assistive technology helps students with disabilities be full participants in general education classrooms. This leads to building learner capacity, and access to richer, more productive and satisfying participation in school and life. We talk, demonstrate, and teach through webinars, classes, and courses. We also help University faculty and staff learn how technology and accessible information can meet the educational needs of all students.
What We Teach
ICATER staff members are primary instructors for Introduction to Assistive Technology and Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Instruction. We provide an assistive technology unit for Technology in the Classroom. We also provide guest lecturers for Characteristics of Disabilities, Foundations of Special Education, Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation, and others.
We team up with Grant Wood AEA to co-host the Eastern Iowa Building Bridges Conference each April. Over 200 teachers, therapists, and administrators learn how to improve student access and success through assistive technology, Accessible Educational Materials (AIM), and Universal Design for Learning. We also provide professional development opportunities across Iowa. Later this year we will work with Mississippi Bend AEA to co-host a December conference.
ICATER is a member of the State of Iowa Assistive Technology Leadership Team. We are also members of the State Assistive Technology Planning Team. ICATER plans to contract with the State Department of Education to help with implementation of the Iowa Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Specially Designed Instruction research project. ICATER is also a member of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
University students, families of K-12 students, students and employees of the University come to ICATER to try out various assistive technology equipment and software. For example, we worked with Student Disability Services and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation to make a Counseling and Rehabilitation Education student more independent in his internship. The student has a C4-5 spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis from the chest down and limited upper arm movement. His workstation was designed for independent computer and phone access.
Welcome to Our New Space
We have an exciting new home! Our new space inside N110 Lindquist Center was remodeled for accessibility and is welcoming for all students. Our technology goes beyond ADA compliance, featuring:
Automatic hand dryers with no need to insert hands
Door opener strips
Powered, height adjustable tables throughout the space
Outlet height at 24”
Accessible gaming (coming soon)
Braille signs (coming soon)