Utah is one of the first states to receive computer equipment to help the disabled.

Representatives of the IBM National Support Center for Persons with Disabilities, Atlanta, gave $90,000 in computer equipment to the Utah Assistive Technology Program this week. The program is administered through the Centers for Persons with Disabilities, located at Utah State University.IBM announced six months ago that it would make $4.5 million in computer systems available to the federally funded centers that assist the handicapped.

Ron Thorkildsen, co-director of the Utah program, said the program was established by a federal grant in 1989 to help Utahns increase the availability, use and maintenance of devices that help the disabled function in daily life.

USU set up demonstration sites in Price, St. George, Logan and Salt Lake City.

The sites have trained personnel and are now receiving IBM computers, keyboards and enlarged computer screen text, as well as training videos and printed material.

A recently implemented federal law every employer must accommodate the disabiled.