Iowa Assistive Technology Professional Development Network

The Iowa Assistive Technology Professional Development Network, funded through the University of Iowa’s Office of the Provost and facilitated by ICATER, will create, coordinate, and provide AT professional development opportunities to professionals, parents, and individuals with disabilities across the state of Iowa, focusing especially on educational and employment settings. 

Importance to Iowa Education

In the most recent report on standardized test achievement from the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa ranked last in the United States in the achievement gap between students with and without disabilities.  A large, underutilized resource for improving this is the use of AT for students with disabilities in the classroom.  During the 2008-2009 school year, ICATER conducted a statewide needs assessment on AT in K-12 classrooms to determine the biggest barriers to AT use.  The biggest barriers were teachers’ lack of awareness of available AT, lack of training opportunities, and lack of training time.  The creation of the Network aims to address all of these issues by providing training opportunities for all educators across the state.  Available training will help create a better understanding of AT, thereby encouraging more effective usage in the classroom.

Spring 2016 - iPad App and Google Extension Webinar Series

ICATER conducts short 10-20 minute webinars that highlight assistive technology applications for the iPad and Google Chrome. These short lessons are archived and accessible on the ICATER website (see below).

Live webinars begin at 3:00 pm. (central time). Join us live on zoom at Archived webinars will be posted on YouTube.