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Tours of Project Enhance AT Lab available to school districts and parents
Posted: 05/06/2005
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Special education departments from school districts across the Rio Grande Valley are invited to visit the Project Enhance Assistive Technology (AT) Lab at The University of Texas-Pan American to examine and learn about the different types of assistive technology located there.

Project Enhance is a three-year grant-funded program in the Department of Rehabilitation whose primary purpose is to provide training and technical support to colleges and universities across the nation regarding best practices for students with disabilities.

Special Education Department members of the Valley View ISD recently toured the Project Enhance Assistive Technology Lab located at UTPA.
The AT Lab houses a range of equipment including closed circuit television systems, a Braille printer, scanner, an assortment of magnification devices, digital recorders, talking calculators and dictionaries, alternative computer input devices, voice recognition software, screen reading software and a variety of other items that can enable people with disabilities to live a more independent life.

Free tours of the lab providing hands-on experimentation with the equipment are available to anyone who has a disability or who works with people with disabilities.

On a recent visit to the AT Lab with her staff, Elizabeth Bernal Lopez, special education director for the Valley View ISD, said her department used an in-service day to tour the facility.

"You have a lot of things here and I like the fact that we have an opportunity to practice and to see how the equipment works. Sometimes we just get catalogs and we don't know how the equipment works or if it is really good for our kids," she said. She encouraged special education departments from other districts as well as the parents of special education students to visit the AT Lab.

For more information on the Project Enhance AT Lab, contact Hector Requenez, AT Lab coordinator, at 956/292-7409 or via e-mail at HectorR@husky.panam.edu

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