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UNI professors receive grant for special education

November 27, 2012

Christina Curran, associate professor, special education, 319-273-3848,

Susan Brennan, associate professor, special education, 319-273-7841,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa professors of special education, Christina Curran and Susan Brennan, have been granted funding from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust for a project that includes a new Assistive Technology Lab for all UNI teacher education students. The lab, called T2:PAL: Teachers and Technology -- Promoting Accessible Learning, will hold an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Schindler Education Center, Room 147.

The goal of the project is to improve access and success in the K-12 core curriculum for students with disabilities. UNI students will use new assistive technologies, especially in field experiences with at-risk and special education students. Professional development opportunities for teachers and education professionals will also be made available.

Through the open house, sample technologies and lab resources will be demonstrated. "We couldn't be more excited to be able to put into action the project goals of increased curricular access for at-risk students and students with disabilities through the project," said Curran.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is one of the largest private philanthropic foundations in the state of Iowa with assets of more than $250 million and annual grant distributions of more than $12 million. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981. Biomedical and scientific research, primary, secondary and higher education and other issues related to the needs of youth are the program areas of greatest interest to the Carver Charitable Trust.

The open house is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Curran at 319-273-3848 or, or Brennan at 319-273-7841 or