SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (SEAT) CENTER AT ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Campus Box 5910, Fairchild Hall 324
Normal, IL 61790-5910
Phone: (309) 438-7811
Fax: (309) 438-2211
The SEAT Center at Illinois State University (ISU) primarily focuses on teaching pre-service and practicing professionals the skills they need to meet the technology needs of people with disabilities through practical, hands-on, performance-based instruction. Instruction provided at the Center focuses on developing competencies in assistive technology as well as other types of technology (e.g., instructional technology, adaptive equipment) that can improve the education and quality of life of persons with special needs.SEAT offers many services to both ISU and the Illinois Community.
Services offered at ISU include:
- Providing resources and support for integrating instruction about assistive technology into the teacher education curriculum.
- Providing onsite access to equipment and staff expertise for ISU students and faculty to learn about assistive technology.
- Providing direct instruction via classes and workshops about assistive technology.
Services offered to the Illinois Community include:
- Providing customized workshops to individuals and groups regarding topics such as assistive technology tools, assistive technology consideration, and assistive technology implementation and integration.
- Providing onsite access to the community to learn about various assistive technology tools.
- Providing support to school districts to facilitate assistive technology decision making.
- Providing program evaluations to districts regarding assistive technology service delivery.
- Plus many more!
For more information about services and trainings, or to schedule visits, please contact the SEAT Center at (309) 438-7811 or visit the SEAT website
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY UNIT, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO
Mobile Clinical Services
The UIC Assistive Technology Unit offers mobile AT services in the following areas:
- Alternative & Augmentative Communication
- Adaptive Equipment (custom designs via Rehabilitation Engineering)
- Computer Access
- Environmental Control
- Home Modification
- Seating & Wheeled Mobility
- Worksite Modification
Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of licensed professionals in the areas of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, rehabilitation engineering and special education. Clinicians are also RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs).
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO
Graduate-level Professional Development
The University of Illinois Chicago offers online assistive technology courses for working professionals. Individual courses can be taken for continuing education. Apply to earn the 13-credit certificate. Learn more at go.uic.edu/ATcert
- Introduction to assistive technology (required for certificate)
- Assistive technology in early childhood settings
- Assistive technology tools for education
- Assistive technology for individuals who are blind or visually impaired
- Augmentative communication (AAC) assessment
- AT consideration, assessment and documentation in PreK-12 education
- Seating and positioning for wheelchair mobility
- Manual and powered wheelchair technologies
- Ergonomics and safety for workers with disabilities
- Mobile technology and computers: Built-in accessibility features
- Introduction to microcontrollers in assistive technology
- Augmentative communication (AAC) for individuals with autism spectrum disorder
- Supporting augmentative communication (AAC) in educational settings
- Environmental modification
- Technology to support universal design for learning
- 3D printing in assistive technology
- Assistive technology and transportation
- Adaptive equipment design and fabrication (in-person)
- Field experience in assistive technology (certificate students only)
Enroll for courses through the UIC’s Extended Campus
program. An application is not necessary for individual courses but is required for the 13-credit certificate. Apply here
Instructors are clinical faculty members of the UIC Assistive Technology Unit, a source for AT service, training, and research.