November 19, 1976.
On this day, IUPUI and University Library leaders dedicated a study room on the second floor of University Library (then known by most as the "Blake Street Library," now Taylor Hall) for use by visually impaired students. Equipment in the room included Braille typewriters, self-correcting large face typewriters, dictionaries and language texts, along with talking book machines, audio-response calculators, a closed-circuit television system, optical enlargers, and more. The study room was made possible by $15,000 worth of state and federal grants made through Indiana Rehabilitation Services, along with supplemental assistance from IUPUI.
Campus leaders dedicated the room to the memory of a School of Social Service (now School of Social Work) graduate student named Terry Trent, whose "special efforts on behalf of the visually handicapped at IUPUI significantly contributed to the realization of this specially equipped study area."
At the time, accommodating the learning needs of students with disabilities was the task of the Office of Services for Handicapped Students. Today, Adaptive Educational Services (AES) works to afford opportunities to disabled students.
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