WMU News

Leneway receives top award

Nov. 12, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Robert Leneway, senior research associate in the College of Education at Western Michigan University, has received the top award from the Michigan Rehabilitation Association.

Leneway was cited for his creative use of public and private partnerships and grant-seeking skills to improve the lives of people with disabilities. He recently was awarded a highly competitive $200,000 grant from IBM to develop a national online support center for training people with disabilities.

He is the current national chairperson of the International Association of Business, Industry and Rehabilitation. In April, he received the 1999 lifetime achievement award from the Association of Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technology.

Leneway's contributions to his field have been recognized elsewhere. Last January, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Education along with a former student to participate with Vice President Al Gore in a 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs national teleconference.

In October, Lt. Gov. Richard Posthumus dedicated a new $2 million family housing and day care center near Plainwell. Leneway planned the center and helped secure funding for it in his previous position as a development consultant for the Michigan Jobs Commission.

Leneway came to WMU in 1998 to work in the Merze Tate Center for School Reform and Technology. His interests include educational technology, K-12 partnerships for integrating technology into the classroom, training people with disabilities for computer-related employment and preparing future teachers to use technology.

Media contact: Mike Matthews, 616 387-8400, michael.matthews@wmich.edu

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