University of Iowa

Research

Notice: ICATER will close on June 30, 2019. Please refer to the Iowa Now article on center closures. Assistive technology and accessibility resources will be available on the UI College of Education’s Assistive Technology & Accessibility website beginning July 1, 2019.

ICATER is currently working on the following research projects:

  • Text Readers for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
    • This project has two parts. First, we modified the input to the uPAR screening program for use with young adults. We found that 75% of the individuals screened might benefit from the use of a text reader to comprehend written text.
    • Second, we are teaching individuals with IDD how to use text readers.
  • Ethics of Assistive Technology Professionals, in collaboration with Counselor and Rehabilitation Education in the College of Education
    • For this project we will surveyed individuals with the RESNA ATP credential, to learn about ethical issues. We presented our findings at national conferences and because of our research plan to provide training on ethics.

ICATER’s Research Priorities include the following:

  • In general, ICATER is interested in studying the effects of accessible educational materials, assistive technology, and universal design for learning on the lives and outcomes of students with disabilities and struggling students. We are particularly interested in the effects of tools that support communication, math, notetaking, organization, reading comprehension, and writing, on the learning experience for students with disabilities and struggling students.