Temple University Receives $500K Grant, Opens New Community Space To Help People With Disabilities

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Guests gather around tables to work with 3D printed switches inside TechOWL.
Image via Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, College of Education Facebook.
Temple University has launched TechOWL, a new community space that offers people with disabilities access to high-tech devices.

Temple University recently received a $500,000 grant from the Department of Education, which has been used to create a new community space at Morgan Hall that offers people with disabilities access to high-tech devices, writes Stephen Williams for WHYY.

The devices will help aid their mobility, vision, voice, or help them play video games.

The 2,227-square-foot space, which will also provide 3D printing technology to help create assistive devices, is called the TechOWL Community Space and is part of Temple’s Institute on Disabilities in the College of Education and Human Development

“Our work in advocacy for disabilities started in 1974 and we have been privileged to serve Pennsylvanians with disabilities, families, and professionals across the Commonwealth through our education, training, research, services, programs, dissemination, and community engagement,” said Sally Gould-Taylor, executive director of the Institute of Disabilities.

She added that the TechOWL is a culmination of the team’s efforts to make a meaningful difference in accessibility in Pennsylvania.

“We hope it will serve as a hub for learning and community building for people with disabilities across the state,” Gould-Taylor said.

The space is open to the public and has a barrier free entrance.

Read more about Temple’s newest effort to help people with disabilities in WHYY

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