Resources include reports, websites, guidance, and programs on select topic.
The ACCESS project offers information and resources about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The ACCESS project is a professional development initiative to infuse UDL philosophy, content, and instruction into faculty professional development at the postsecondary level. The project provides information about UDL, a series of UDL modules, and a section on research being conducted at the university regarding the use of UDL in classes.
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) web site offers information related to Universal Design for Learning, including publications, products, and professional development resources.
The Center for Applied Special Technology (CITEd) was created to support state and local education agency leadership to enhance the use of technology to support students in achieving positive education outcomes. CITEd’s website contains a variety of external resources related to UDL.
CTD provides current, accurate, and relevant information resources on assistive and instructional technologies. It conducts outreach to a national infrastructure of organizations that work directly with families and children, strengthening their ability to provide technology-related support. The project also provides online forums, annual technology institutes, and in-depth monthly newsletters to educators, disability professionals, TA&D project personnel, and families.
EnACT supports UDL implementation throughout the California State University (CSU) system with a comprehensive model of UDL professional development. Recognizing that faculty play a pivotal role in the success of all students, including students with disabilities, EnACT is designed to provide faculty within the CSU system the skills, support, and training necessary to ensure that students with disabilities are provided a high-quality post-secondary education. The project provides background information on UDL Faculty Learning Communities, which allow faculty to reflect on their teaching and provide feedback to each other in regards to including UDL in their courses, an online library of accessible instructional multimedia (AIM), and accessibility resources.
Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke Rehabilitation (MARS3) is a
multi-institutional center designed to evaluate the utility of robotic
devices for providing rehabilitation therapy after neural injury.
Research activities focus substantially on recovery from stroke because
individuals with stroke are by far the largest user group requiring
intensive rehabilitation and assistance. However, this center also
pilots new applications in spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, traumatic
brain injury, and aging. Seven research and development projects center
on the use of robots for restoration of function and return to society.
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center provides technical assistance (TA) to state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and other stakeholders to (1) improve the implementation of NIMAS, and (2) develop and implement unified distribution systems in SEAs that will improve the timely delivery of high-quality AEM to all children with disabilities who need instructional materials in accessible formats.
The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) guides the production and electronic distribution of digital versions of textbooks and other instructional materials so they can be more easily converted to accessible formats, including Braille and text-to-speech.
This project conducts research and development projects aimed at
addressing the needs of children with orthopaedic disabilities. The
overall goal of the project is to transfer and commercialize the
research to offer new tools, better technologies, and improved treatment
strategies for children with cerebral palsy, clubfoot, spina bifida,
spinal cord injury, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), and other conditions
that cause mobility and manipulation problems. The project designs and
develops devices and improved protocols that will help alert doctors,
therapists, caregivers, and family members of joint overload concerns.
Those devices include the development of an elliptical machine to
improve neuromuscular control and stability in children.
The RERC on Accessible Public Transportation empowers consumers,
manufacturers, and service providers in the design and evaluation of
accessible transportation equipment, information services, and physical
environments. Project activities build upon previous work to focus on
enabling technology and universal design to support independent and
efficient multi-modal travel in daily life, including its significant
role in employment and social participation. Research and development
activities provide new tools, research findings, guidelines, and
products that advance the field of transportation and “last mile” (e.g.,
the portion of a trip from public transportation to the rider’s final
The goals of the Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies is to research, develop, evaluate, implement, and
disseminate innovative technologies and approaches that will have a
positive impact on the way in which individuals with significant
cognitive disabilities function within their communities and workplaces.
The Center’s research and development activities focus on expanding
the cognitive technology standards for work, training,
dissemination/knowledge utilization, and commercialization.
This project conducts rigorous evidence-based research for designing
effective augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies
and interventions, develops and evaluates innovative AAC engineering
solutions driven by consumer needs, and provides comprehensive training
and dissemination to ensure that all individuals, including those with
severe disabilities, have access to effective AAC to enhance the
communication of individuals with complex communication needs (CCN).
The mission of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for
Communication Enhancement (AAC-RERC) is to assist people who use
augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technologies in
achieving their goals across environments. The goals and objectives of
the AAC-RERC are to advance and promote AAC technologies through the
outputs and outcomes of its research and development activities, and to
support individuals who use, manufacture, and recommend these
technologies in ways they value. The project builds on collaborative
relationships with researchers and developers both in and outside of the
field of AAC and assistive technology, including DynaVox Technologies,
the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Department of Navy, and Research In
Motion among others.
This Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center is designed to provide consumers who are hard of hearing or deaf, as well as their
families and clinicians, with the knowledge and tools necessary to (1)
take control of their communication and hearing technologies, adapt
those technologies to their needs in real-world environments, and
achieve greater autonomy in their technology use, and (2) derive full
benefit of the shift from special-purpose devices to increasingly
powerful and interconnected consumer electronics. The RERC aims to
narrow the gaps between the potential for new technologies to improve
the lives of individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf and their
ability to exploit this potential.
This project advances knowledge translation for universal design using a
Knowledge-To-Action Model. It generates strategically important
research, development, training, and dissemination deliverables that
integrate universal design principles with the generally accepted
models, methods, and metrics in the building and product manufacturing
industries. Research and dissemination activities address three broad
domains of the built environment: (1) housing, (2) public buildings, and
(3) community infrastructure.
The goal of this RERC is to mitigate accessibility barriers to
information and communication technology (ICT) for persons with
disabilities (PwDs) with functional and device limitations, provide
affordable access to ICT for underserved populations, and develop
innovative ICT to improve health and function, social participation, and
employment among PwDs. The theme of “From Cloud to Smartphone:
Empowering and Accessible ICT” guides the Center’s research and
development activities which address cognitive and vocational
rehabilitation, communication technology assessment and training,
tele-rehabilitation infrastructure, and prevention and management of
This Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center promotes new ways of conceptualizing and understanding
wheeled mobility while focusing on devices and interventions that impact
device use and activity performance. This approach enables as many
individuals as possible to actively participate in everyday life.
Project goals include four integrated program areas in research,
development, training, and dissemination that utilize a variety of
methodologies and scientific approaches taking research out of the
laboratory and putting it into real-world, everyday environments.
This RERC develops technologies to evaluate and advance mobility and
manipulation for people with movement disabilities and includes a total
of six projects: three combined development/research projects, two
research projects, and one development project. Two projects are focused
on upper limb amputees: the Voluntary Opening and Voluntary Closing
Terminal Device (VOVC) Project and the Partial-hand Control Project.
The RERC TechSAge conducts programs of advanced rehabilitation
engineering and technical research and development (R&D) to increase
knowledge about, availability of, and access to effective,
universally-designed technologies that enable people to sustain
independence, maintain health, safely engage in basic activities of
daily living at home and the community, and participate in society as
they age with disability.
This program lays the foundation for access in next generation
technologies and creates bridge technologies, allowing users to migrate
to new communication technologies without losing access to emergency
services or the ability to communicate with colleagues and family who
are still on older telecommunication networks. Extending across
disabilities and technology platforms, research and development
activities focus on three specific issues: (1) telecommunication access
in emergency situations, (2) interoperability and transition between
current and next generation telecommunication access, and (3) access to
telecollaboration for employment and participation.
This project develops and evaluates innovative rehabilitation
strategies, techniques, and interventions to enhance health,
participation, and employment outcomes among adolescents and young
adults with physical, cognitive, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.
This RERC is focused on accessibility of information and communication
technologies for persons across disability types and socio-economic
levels. Accessibility issues addressed by this RERC stem from the
interaction of four trends in information technology: (1) technology is
increasingly required for all aspects of life (education, employment,
health, safety, transportation, community participation, home
management), (2) accessibility solutions do not exist for many groups –
especially people with non-“mainstream” disabilities, (3) solutions that
exist are often unaffordable, and (4) the number of different
technology platforms, operating systems, and technology types that an
individual must be able to use is increasing faster than assistive
technology (AT) vendors can address.
The Interactive Exercise Technologies Center conducts advanced
engineering research and development using new and emerging technologies
to address the high rates of
physical inactivity in youths and adults with disabilities. The Center
includes a coordinated set of research, development, capacity building,
and knowledge translation/dissemination projects focused on promoting
healthier, more active lifestyles for people with disabilities. The key
target areas for the research and development projects are improving
access to recreation and exercise venues, and equipment, increasing
opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in beneficial
exercise, using technology to support greater adherence to regular
exercise, and promoting regular exercise and active lifestyles for
people with disabilities as a way to improve health and function.