WRITER: JENNY FERGUSON
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Release: Nov. 7, 2002
Dawson wins UI Council on Disability Awareness Achievement Award
Robert David Dawson, director of the Iowa Center for Assistive Technology
and Educational Resources (ICATER) in the University of Iowa College of Education,
is this year's recipient of the UI's Council on Disability Awareness Achievement
The Council on Disability Awareness (CDA) presents the award annually to
recognize individuals, departments or units at the university that have improved
access for persons with disabilities and increased awareness of disability
issues, concerns and needs. CDA first presented the award to Hancher Auditorium
Dawson helped create ICATER last year to increase technology access for
people with disabilities and to provide training and education on assistive
technologies for people throughout the community. Since its inception, the
center has provided individual training for UI students, as well as classroom
training sessions within the College of Education for area education agencies
and community schools.
Dawson is involved in a proposed evaluation of Iowa K-12 schools' use of
assistive technologies. Additionally, he is working with the Law, Health Policy
& Disability Center at the UI College of Law, under its I.T. Works program,
to assess industrial technology and people with disabilities.
"Robert Dawson has been an extraordinarily effective catalyst in the
area of assistive technology," says Jim Marshall, associate dean for
teacher education in the College of Education. "He has generated interest,
orchestrated research projects, organized professional conversations and developed
very promising grant proposals."
Dawson was presented with the award at an Oct. 24 ceremony. He says that
he felt very honored and that the award holds special significance for him
because he was diagnosed with cognitive and learning disabilities as a child.
"Any time a person with a disability wins an award, it shows that they
are making it," he says.