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The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Endowment, established in 2010, provides funding to support the development of assistive technology solutions. The projects are intended to lead to the development of low-cost, user friendly assistive technology that can be used by students of all ages. Projects may focus on the development of new assistive technology solutions or improvements in existing assistive technology solutions.
A team composed of a faculty lead, a student researcher with a disability engaged in design and usability testing, and a student researcher with or without a disability working under the direction of the faculty lead, will be awarded up to $20,000 for academic year 2013-14. Funding can be used for faculty release time and equipment and materials with the stipulation that two student scholarships of $4,500 each must be included in the proposed budget.
Faculty from a variety of academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. The U. S. Technology Act defines assistive technology as any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." The deadline for applications is June 7, 2013. Applications will be reviewed by a campus committee with a funding decision announced by June 21, 2013 and funding to commence on July 1, 2013.