College of Education Menu

IHAT logo

Upcoming Events

More Events

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. 


COE special ed alumnae recognized

On: 09 Aug 2016 14:44
ECU College of Education alumnae Hayley Flynn Mullins was recently was named Coordinator of Special Education for Campbell County Public Schools, Virginia. Hayley graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate degree in special education, general curriculum with an adapted curriculum add-on. “I am excited for this opportunity as it will allow me to directly oversee […]

Learn More

Currie-Knight headshot ECU

Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight Hosts Video Interview Series, “Schooled: Conversations About Education”

On: 29 Jul 2016 15:32
For the past two years, Dr. Kevin Currie-Knight has hosted a web-based video interview series called “Schooled: Conversations About Education,” where he interviews researchers and practitioners about all things education. These videos are designed to be a resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning more about issues related to education. See the series […]

Learn More

EQUIPPED group 2[1]

EQUIPPED Scholars AT Summer Institute a huge success!

On: 28 Jul 2016 15:48
The Irene Howell Assistive Technology (IHAT) Center and EQUIPPED grant Co-Principal Investigators, Drs. Alana Zambone and Christopher Rivera, hosted the Assistive Technology (AT) Summer Institute during the week of July 18-22, 2016. The EQUIPPED Summer Institute was developed as a week-long professional development for seven graduate students through the OSEP Personnel Prep grant: EQUIPPED: Engendering […]

Learn More


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!

Learn More


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 […]

Learn More


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. […]

Learn More


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, […]

Learn More