Middle Bit: Assistive Technology Lab to open at Iowa State for students with disabilities

Starting this fall, Iowa State University students with disabilities will have a laboratory where they can gather to use assistive learning technologies.

Iowa State University’s Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) approved $24,264 in May to create a lab that will provide the technology needed for students with disabilities, which will include speech-to-text and text-to-speech tools, a Braille display, a screen magnifier and screen reader.

The new assistive technology lab will be located in an approximately 200 square foot space on the first floor of Durham Center, previously used as a collaborative student work space.

The project wall start this summer is expected to be completed in the fall.

What else is happening?

Three cities in Iowa listed among top places to work in tech

Yahoo Finance recently released their list of the top cities to work in tech in 2019 and three cities in Iowa — Cedar Rapids, Davenport, and Des Moines — made the list.

To find this year’s best cities for tech workers, Yahoo examined data from 172 cities and compared them across five different metrics: average salary, average cost of living, tech employment concentration, unemployment rate and ratio of average pay to tech pay.

All three of the Iowa-based cities cracked the top ten. Cedar Rapids ranked fourth, Davenport fifth and Des Moines sixth.

Automed announces joint project with

automed recently announced a collaboration with Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Swine Medicine Education Center.

Through the program, automed will be working closely with intern Gabi Wilson to implement research in the swine industry and how automed can benefit swine producers. Wilson is a student at Iowa State University working towards her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. 

“This research will provide further insights into the benefits that automed has within the swine industry, as well as valuable feedback to help automed to continue to improve,” said Kathleen Gilman, automed CXO who is overseeing this project and working closely with the intern this summer.