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About IHAT

The Irene Howell Assistive Technology Center (IHAT) is a dual purpose computer lab whose primary function is to teach others about assistive technology.

What is assistive technology?

According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, it is "any product, device or equipment... used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities".

Put simply, these products enhance the independence of people with disabilities in daily living activities, communication and learning. Assistive devices can help improve physical or mental functioning, prevent the worsening of a condition, strengthen a weakness, or improve a person's capacity to learn.

Our primary mission is to prepare professionals at the university level to serve individuals in need of assistive technology services and devices.

We currently serve ECU students throughout and beyond the College of Education.  These pre-service and in-service professionals receive interactive, hands-on training on assistive technology devices and applications. In addition, we work in partnerships to to serve students from the ECU campus in need of assistive technologies themselves - especially those with learning disabilities from the STEPP Program and Disability Support Services.

In addition to our primary mission, we aim to develop partnerships with both private and public entities in order to support research projects. Please visit the Research page for information.

Interactive Exhibit Areas

The IHAT  Center contains four interactive exhibit areas dedicated to self-study professional development. Each of the exhibit areas provides opportunities for users to interact with and/or create educational materials using some type of assistive technology. We also display bulletin boards that model practical use of assistive technolgy in the classroom. 

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Dr. James McKernan receives $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library

On: 03 May 2016 12:00
Dr. James McKernan, Department of Special Education, Foundations and Research has received a $1,000.00 stipend from the J.Y. Joyner Library to develop an alternative text for use in his Foundations Area courses. The primary goal of this program is to reduce costs for students. Congratulations Dr. McKernan!

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IHAT Center Presentation at Loyola Marymount University

On: 02 May 2016 14:24
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center was invited to do a virtual presentation at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The presentation was facilitated by IHAT Center Co-Manager, Taylor Carangi and IHAT staff member, Paige Anderson, both ECU Special Education majors, via Skype on April 26, 2016. It offered a virtual tour of the […]

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DAY OF DISTINCTION: COE Awards Day recipients

On: 28 Apr 2016 14:07
East Carolina University’s faculty and staff were presented with awards recognizing their service, leadership, ambition and spirit during the seventh annual Founders Day and University Awards Celebration on April 27 in Hendrix Theatre. Provost Ron Mitchelson welcomed the audience to the event and commended the award nominees and recipients for their service to the university. […]

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Dr. Guili Zhang: Expert Panelist for AERA Annual conference

On: 18 Apr 2016 14:30
At the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference held in Washington D. C, April 8-12, Dr. Guili Zhang presented as an expert panelist at the invited speaker session on teacher evaluation. The session was co-sponsored by Division D – Measurement and Research Methodology and Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education. Pictured above, […]

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson Represents ECU on Fulbright Commission Panel Addressing STEM Study Abroad Partnerships with the Czech Republic

On: 13 Apr 2016 18:33
Dr. Daniel Dickerson, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education and ECU STEM CoRE (Collaborative for Research in Education) Co-Director, is among a small group of scholars from across the United States selected to sit on a Fulbright Commission sponsored STEM Expert Panel to address university faculty from across the Czech […]

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IHAT Center Receives Corporate Donation from VARIDESK

On: 08 Apr 2016 15:32
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology [IHAT] Center (College of Education, Rivers 128) is excited and grateful for a corporate donation to the IHAT Center by VARIDESK. The VARIDESK company makes height-adjustable standing desks. Standing desks are universally designed to allow for all individuals, with or without disabilities, to benefit from them. They allow for people […]

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Dr. Guili Zhang honored as a 2016 Scholar-Teacher

On: 06 Apr 2016 15:32
Dr. Guili Zhang, Associate Professor of Special Education, Foundations and Research, is a 2015-16 Scholar-Teacher Award recipient. The annual Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair’s Scholar-Teacher Awards recognize faculty members who effectively integrate scholarship in classroom teaching. Dr. Zhang was one of ten Scholar-Teachers honored by Provost Ron Mitchelson during the Scholar-Teacher Awards […]

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