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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 technology in the classroom. 


“Most Likely to Succeed” film screening inspires students and faculty

On: 06 Oct 2016 16:00
On Sept. 27th, the College of Education held a film screening of Most Likely to Succeed. The 82 people in the audience were a mixture of faculty and students.  Most Likely to Succeed aims to help all schools re-imagine their purpose and create learning experiences that prepare kids for life in the 21st Century. The film has been shown at multiple film festivals including Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival. These screenings create a space for meaningful and necessary discussion between educators, administrators, parents, and students about how steps Continue reading →

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East Carolina University’s College of Education welcomed visitors from Hiroshima University Sept. 18-21.

On: 23 Sep 2016 14:48
The international educational exchange and partnership has existed for 20 years, allowing faculty and students from ECU, Pitt County Schools and Hiroshima University to share and learn from each other. Each summer two Pitt County teachers and an ECU faculty member are invited to go to Hiroshima, present at a conference and meet graduate students who will come to ECU in the fall. While in Greenville, the Hiroshima University graduate students visited classes at Elmhurst and Wahl-Coats elementary schools and C.M. Eppes Middle School. They Continue reading →

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ECU College of Education honors scholarship recipients and donors

On: 19 Sep 2016 17:23
More than 100 students in East Carolina University’s College of Education have received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year. This year, more than $550,000 in merit and need-based scholarships was distributed to 106 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250 to $20,000 with some open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs. “Attracting the best students and ensuring access to an East Carolina University education rank among our highest Continue reading →

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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 our adapted curriculum classrooms and make meaningful changes to curriculum, procedures and processes in order to better student outcomes,” said Mullins. Hayley has already begun actively recruiting ECU graduates and Continue reading →

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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 on Youtube here: Recent interviews include: Susan Engel on Curiosity and the Hungry Mind Mark Bauerlein on Common Core and His Vision for Education Journalist Megan Mcardle on The Continue reading →

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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 High Quality Personnel Preparation for Educators Serving Students with Significant Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The EQUIPPED grant is designed to prepare initially licensed teachers (B.S.) and teacher-leaders in Special Education Continue reading →

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Growing Teachers Close To Home: New SECU Partnership East Students Prepare for their Online Journey

On: 17 May 2016 12:00
On Thursday, May 12, 2016, the College of Education welcomed five cohorts who will be joining State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Partnership East this summer and fall. Students spent the day in Speight Building learning about their new majors in elementary, middle, and special education from College of Education advisors and faculty members. In addition, these new teacher education students toured the Teaching Resource Center in Joyner Library as well as spent time getting to know their new advisors and fellow cohort members. SECU Partnership Continue reading →

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