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South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Research

The South Carolina Center for Assistive Technology and Educational Research (SC-CATER) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment of faculty, professionals, and persons with disabilities working together to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities in the areas of school and transitioning to work. At the heart of the Center are the core values of equality, equity, and access. We hold the belief that no person should be deprived of services, benefits, or opportunity due to a disability.

Mission

  • To introduce and to provide training on assistive technologies and related educational resources for undergraduate (PK – 12) teacher preparation students and graduate students in College of Education (COE) programs.
  • Produce and provide training on assistive technology and related educational resources to graduate students in the School of Medicine’s (SOM) rehabilitation counseling program, and allied helping and health professions at USC.
  • To adopt a train the trainer model to provide information and expertise to Community K-12 teachers, postsecondary teachers, support staff, and rehabilitation counseling providers.
  • Provide a laboratory for USC College of Education and Rehabilitation Counseling students to practice assessment, IEP skills, and transition planning.
  • To develop and expand applications of assistive technology through grant funded research.
  • To help meet the education-related assistive technology needs of COE USC students with disabilities.
  • To provide resources to the faculty and staff of the College of Education, School of Medicine, and College of Engineering who work with the students with disabilities.

SC-CATER does not provide clinical services such as diagnosis of specific disabilities, case management services, occupational therapy, medical treatment, or determine eligibility of services.