University of Toronto Magazine University of Toronto Magazine
Summer 2003

Memorial Fund Will Aid Disabled Students

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at Robarts Library remembers friend and colleague

Last July, Jon Kameoka, a staff member at the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at Robarts Library, was killed by a bus near Hoskin Avenue and St. George Street. In his memory, friends, family and staff members at ATRC established the Jon Kameoka Memorial Fund, and have raised more than $10,000. At ATRC, Kameoka provided network support and helped with the installation and maintenance of adaptive-technology hardware and software to assist students with disabilities. The memorial fund will be used to further develop a computer-input system for those with physical disabilities. It’s a project Kameoka was working on just before his death at age 38.

After surgery to remove a brain tumour when he was 18, Kameoka was left with poor balance and speech difficulties. His friends and colleagues have developed a Web site to share their memories of a man who refused to let life’s adversities define him. Visit

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