Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research (ICATER)

Our Mission

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 Collaborate

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.

Our Partners

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).

We Consult

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:

  • Hearing loops
  • 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)
Contact Information

Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research

N121 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

icater@uiowa.edu
319.335.5280 (phone)
319.335.5386 (fax)

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Upcoming Events

ICATER App Webinar: Zoom (Chrome)

Wednesday, February 17, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Autismate 365

Wednesday, February 24, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: TBD (Math)

Wednesday, March 2, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Typo HD

Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Co:Writer Universal (Chrome)

Wednesday, March 16, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Verbally and Flip Writer

Wednesday, March 23, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: TBD (Math)

Wednesday, March 30, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: iPrompts Pro

Wednesday, April 6, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: iReadWrite

Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Speak It! (Chrome)

Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Touch Chat HD

Wednesday, April 27, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: TBD (Math)

Wednesday, May 4, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived

ICATER App Webinar: Going Places

Wednesday, May 11, 3:00 p.m., Live online and archived