ATP Celebrates at 11th annual Deja-Vu Rendez Vous

_DSC2515Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) is deeply grateful for the ongoing support from the Colorado construction industry’s annual Déjà vu Rendezvous event. Held May 18, 2018, this eleventh event offered a chance to unite past and current members of the Colorado construction community while supporting a worthwhile cause. Proceeds from the event help ATP, housed in the Department of Bioengineering, meet their mission for persons with cognitive, sensory, and/or physical disabilities to reach their highest potential at home, school, work and play through the addition of appropriate assistive technologies to their lives. This year the event hosted 800 guests at Denver’s Mile High Station and brought cumulative donations to more than $2.3M. 

The event created by retired Trautman & Shreve CEO, Bill Caile, is sponsored by more than 100 corporations. 

Cathy Bodine, executive director of ATP and associate professor of bioengineering, says, “We are so grateful to the local construction companies and our generous sponsors for choosing ATP to benefit from such a wonderful annual event.” Funds will be used to support persons with disabilities, their families and others who are unable to afford services.

“The Déjà-vu event has always been focused on the wonderful people that make up the construction industry in Colorado and the relationships we all have,” says Marc Able, Steering Committee Chair and President, ABLE Consulting Group, LLC.. “It is one night a year where we leave the business at the door and celebrate everyone on a personal level. It is such a fun night and to be able to support the great work ATP does is icing on the cake.”

ATP moves to Auraria Campus

This week, Assistive Technology Partners is moving onto the Auraria Campus from their 18th Ave. location. The new space includes about 2500 sq feet of office space in the Administration Building and almost 3000 sq ft in the 5th Street Hub.  The new space will serve as a bioengineering presence on the Auraria Campus; host the Assistive Technology clinic; and provide research and engineering space for ATP students and our grants.

The Colorado Construction Industry, which has supported the ATP program for over a decade, funded close to $250,000 in Hub renovations and then came together across the industry to donate more than $100,000 in in-kind services and materials. They’ve also funded an endowed professorship and have also started an endowment to support the overall program within bioengineering and are starting a scholarship fund for students this year.  To date, they’ve raised almost $2 million.

The program would like to thank Dean Marc Ingber and Bioengineering Chair Robin Shandas for their support in this transition.