The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the establishment of the Special Education Assistive Technology (SEAT) Center on August 21, 2001. The SEAT Center, housed in Fairchild Hall on the Illinois State University (ISU) campus, is composed of a community of individuals, including faculty, staff, school administrators and teachers, professionals from public and private organizations, business personnel, family members, and consumers with disabilities.
The SEAT Center staff is composed of Dr. Phil Parette, Director, who is also Professor and Kara Peters Endowed Chair in the Department of Special Education; Brian Wojcik, Coordinator; and two graduate assistants. The operations of the Center are realized through a ‘community’ of individuals, including SEAT Faculty Associates across departments (Drs. George R. Peterson-Karlan, Emily H. Watts, Julia B. Stoner, Stacy Jones Bock, and Ann R. Beck); ISU administrative personnel; ISU Foundation staff; faculty across disciplines; administrators, teachers, and related service personnel in public school systems; family members and their children with disabilities; members of public and private organizations; and representatives of the business sector. An Advisory Board, representing a wide array of constituencies, provides guidance and direction regarding SEAT activities.

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