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Assistive Technology Lab at Iowa State to reopen

This news item expired December 27, 2004. It may contain out-of-date information.
A new $242,782.00 contract between Iowa State University (ISU) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) will bring improved assistive technology services to Iowa State students, faculty, and staff as well as Iowans across the state. ISU and DVRS have entered into a contract to re-establish the Assistive Technology Lab (ATL) on the Iowa State University campus. The lab, located in 138 Durham Center, is being reopened after closing due to budget cuts three years ago.

The ISU Dean of Students Office (DSO) and Academic Information Technologies (AIT) will jointly manage the new contract. Both DSO and AIT view this agreement as a great opportunity for Iowa State students, faculty, and staff. The contract represents an enhanced relationship between ISU and DVRS, two state agencies, whereby the needs of individuals with disabilities in Iowa can be better met. Bea Awoniyi, Disability Resources Director at ISU, wrote the original contract proposal and coordinated the necessary resources to make the DVRS contract a reality.

Total cost of the agreement is $242,782.00 with DVRS providing 60 percent ($145,639) with 40 percent contributed by ISU ($97,143) for the first year. If successful, yearly renewal is a possibility. The current contract runs through September 30, 2005.

The goals of the ATL are to: (1) provide assistive technology evaluation, assessment, training, purchase, and fabrication to DVRS clients and ISU students, faculty, and staff and (2) allow ISU students, faculty, staff, and DVRS clients to test assistive technology devices before making a decision to purchase.

For more information about the Assistive Technology Lab or the DVRS contract, contact Bea Awoniyi (515-294-6624, ) or Dan Carlile (515-294-7808, ).