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  1. AAC Institute
    The AAC Institute, established in 2000, is a resource for all who are interested in enhancing the communication of people who rely on AAC (augmentative and alternative communication). A not-for-profit charitable organization, the AAC Institute offers information and provides services worldwide. [More Information on AAC Institute]

  2. Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
    The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre advances information technology that is accessible to all; through research, development, education, proactive design consultation and direct service. [More Information on Adaptive Technology Resource Centre]

  3. ALS Society of Canada
    The ALS Society of Canada supports research towards a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); supports provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS; and builds public awareness of ALS and its impact. The ALS Society's publication, The Northern Neuron, is available on the organization's web site, or a hard copy may be requested from the ALS Society. [More Information on ALS Society of Canada]

  4. Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
    The ADEAR Center provides current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease information and resources from the National Institute on Aging. The Center's information specialists provide answers to specific questions; literature database searches for further research and reading; information on clinical research trials; and referrals to local supportive services and AD Centers that specialize in research and diagnosis. The Center's free publications offer information on Alzheimer's symptoms, diagnosis, related disorders, risk factors, treatment, caregiving tips, home safety tips, and research. Spanish language resources are available. The Center also offers training materials and a newsletter for health care and caregiving professionals. [More Information on Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center ]

  5. Alzheimer's Disease Research
    The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) provides this Web resource on Alzheimer's disease. It offers information on research, treatment and living with Alzheimer's disease for people with the disease and for caregivers. [More Information on Alzheimer's Disease Research]

  6. American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
    AACPDM is a multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities, to promoting professional education for the treatment and management of these conditions, and to improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities. [More Information on American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine]

  7. American Association on Health and Disability
    AAHD supports health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities at the federal, state and local level, reduce the incidence of secondary conditions in people with disabilities, as well as reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD achieves its mission through research, education, public awareness and advocacy. In 2002, AAHD was awarded a five year cooperative agreement grant from CDC to determine and develop the training, research and program implementation needs to assist in building health promotion and wellness programs at the state levels which address Healthy People 2010 focus area of Disability and Secondary Conditions. [More Information on American Association on Health and Disability]

  8. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    "The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology." [More Information on American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine]

  9. American Health Assistance Foundation
    The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) funds research on Alzheimer's disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke. AHAF also provides the public with information about risk factors, preventative lifestyles, available treatments and coping strategies. [More Information on American Health Assistance Foundation]

  10. American Occupational Therapy Foundation
    The American Occupational Therapy Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization created in 1965 to advance the science of occupational therapy and increase public understanding of its value. AOTF is supported by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). AOTF publishes the journal, Occupation, Participation and Health. [More Information on American Occupational Therapy Foundation]

  11. Assistive Technology Data - Denmark
    Assistive Technology Data - Denmark (AssistData) is the national assistive technology information resource in Denmark. Formerly administered by the Danish Centre for Technical Aids for Rehabilitation and Education (Hjælpemiddelinstituttet or HMI), AssistData is administered by the National Board of Social Services. AssistData is a member of the Alliance of Assistive Technology Information Providers. [More Information on Assistive Technology Data - Denmark]

  12. Association of University Centers on Disabilities
    The Association of University Centers on Disabilities is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities. [More Information on Association of University Centers on Disabilities]

  13. Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss
    The mission of the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center is to improve the everyday function and quality of life of aging Veterans with vision loss and their caregivers. [More Information on Atlanta VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence for Aging Veterans with Vision Loss]

  14. Beach Center on Disability
    A unit of the University of Kansas, the Beach Center conducts research, teaching and technical assistance, and service in Kansas, nationally, and internationally. [More Information on Beach Center on Disability]

  15. Beneficial Designs Inc.
    Beneficial Designs is a leader in research, design and education in assistive technology. They do significant work in recreation, accessible outdoor environments, seating, and standards. [More Information on Beneficial Designs Inc.]

  16. Boys Town National Research Hospital
    Boys Town National Research Hospital provides treatment services for children with hearing loss and other communication disabilities. The hospital also conducts research on prevention and treatment of these disabilities. [More Information on Boys Town National Research Hospital]

  17. Brain Attack Coalition
    The Brain Attack Coalition is a group of professional, voluntary and government organizations whose mission is to reduce the occurrence, disabilities and death associated with stroke. The goal of the coalition is to strengthen and promote the relationships among its member organizations in order to help people who have had a stroke or are at risk for a stroke. This site may more appropriate for doctors to help them make more informed decisions concerning the care of their individual patients; but there is a lot of useful information for the general public. The Brain Attack Coalition site is maintained by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). [More Information on Brain Attack Coalition]

  18. Brain Injury Association
    With fully chartered associations or contact offices in every state, the BIA is one of the largest brain injury organizations in the U.S. This site is a great starting point for someone looking for information on stroke and TBI. [More Information on Brain Injury Association]

  19. Breaking New Ground Resource Center
    Since its inception in 1979, the Breaking New Ground Resource Center in Purdue University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has become internationally recognized as a primary source for information and resources on rehabilitation technology for persons working in agriculture. [More Information on Breaking New Ground Resource Center]

  20. Canadian Centre on Disability Studies
    This site lists information on current disability studies and research, education, and information distribution. [More Information on Canadian Centre on Disability Studies]

  21. CDC Disability and Health Team
    The Disability and Health Team is part of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the Disability and Health Team is to promote the health and well-being of the estimated 54 million people with disabilities living within our country. [More Information on CDC Disability and Health Team]

  22. Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo
    The Center for Assistive Technology, housed within the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University at Buffalo, conducts research, education and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices for persons with disabilities. The Center works in four related areas: Research, Development, Transfer, and Commercialization of advanced technologies and assistive devices; Education Programs for professionals, students, and consumers; Client Assessment & Training Services in computer access for education & employment; Dissemination of best practices and information about assistive technology devices and services. [More Information on Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo]

  23. Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico
    The Center conducts interdisciplinary training, dissemination of information, provision of exemplary direct service and technical assistance, and applied research in order to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities. Most of the CDD's programs serve people in New Mexico; however, some have a national scope. [More Information on Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico]

  24. Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT)
    ENACT is the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Arthritis. Based at Boston University, the center collaborates with The Arthritis Foundation's New England Chapter and students and researchers from Boston University's School of Medine, School of Public Health, and School of Communications to enhance lives of persons with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions through research, community education programs, and training. ENACT is funded by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). [More Information on Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) ]

  25. Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)
    IDEA is dedicated to improving the design of environments and products by making them more usable, safer and appealing to people with a wide range of abilities, throughout their life spans. IDEA provides resources and technical expertise in architecture, product design, facilities management and the social and behavioral sciences to further these agendas. The Center is active in basic and applied research, architectural design, product design, community service and education. Currently, its ongoing programs focus on home modifications, functional assessment and universal design. [More Information on Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA Center)]

  26. Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information Exchange
    CIRRIE's mission is to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation research between the U.S. and other countries. It offers a free international research database that enables site users to locate research in their field by country. This database provides valuable assistance to U.S. rehabilitation research conference organizers, funded by the OSERS, who are trying to establish an international component within domestic conferences by involving eminent colleagues from other countries. CIRRIE also assists research organizations in other countries to sponsor rehabilitation experts from the U.S. to speak at their conferences. In both cases, CIRRIE provides airfare while the hosting institution is responsible for meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. The CIRRIE site provides an electronic bulletin board and discussion groups (Rehab Talk) on the various areas of rehabilitation research. [More Information on Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information Exchange]

  27. Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation - Boston University
    The Center is a research, training, and service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities by improving the effectiveness of people, programs, and service systems. [More Information on Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation - Boston University]

  28. Center for Really Neat Research
    The Center's Pulsar Project seeks to "rethink the needs of the exceptional computer user and invent perceptually and expressionally optimal interfaces for dynamically interacting with information." It finds innovative ways to connect computer users with disabilities with informatics systems. [More Information on Center for Really Neat Research ]

  29. Center for Technology in Education (CTE) of Johns Hopkins University
    "The Center for Technology in Education (CTE) strives to improve the quality of life of children and youth, particularly those with special needs, through teaching, research, and leadership in the use of technology. This unique partnership combines the research and teaching resources of The Johns Hopkins University and the leadership and policy support of the Maryland State Department of Education." [More Information on Center for Technology in Education (CTE) of Johns Hopkins University]

  30. Center for Universal Design - North Carolina State University
    "The Center for Universal Design is a national research, information, and technical assistance center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in buildings and related products." The Center is one of the best resources on universal design and designing accessible environments. [More Information on Center for Universal Design - North Carolina State University]

  31. Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa conducts a wide range of education, research, and service activities in collaboration with other disciplines within the University System and the State departments of Health, Education, and Human Service in Hawaii. CDS is part of a National Network of University Centers on Excellence in Disabilities. [More Information on Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa]

  32. Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research
    The Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) was established by the SEDL in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University with funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education. The KTER Center will strive to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities (such as higher employment rates, better working supports, higher wages and responsibilities, and greater job satisfaction) by using knowledge translation (KT) to ensure that disability-oriented employment research is effectively implemented. It will identify the best available evidence related to the employment of Americans with disabilities and conduct research on how and why research evidence is used or not used. Ultimately, the Center will contribute to a better understanding of how research evidence can most effectively be translated into new or improved policies, employment opportunities, and support systems. [More Information on Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research]

  33. Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds
    CDS is an interdisciplinary centre for teaching and research in the field of disability studies at the University of Leeds (England). [More Information on Centre for Disability Studies, University of Leeds]

  34. CESSI
    CESSI is a nationally recognized provider of disability employment, outreach and accessibility services to state, federal, and private sector clients. CESSI provides strategic planning, analysis, communications and operations support services for reasonable accommodation, return-to-work and accessibility support services. [More Information on CESSI]

  35. Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
    The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF) is committed to funding research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Foundation also vigorously works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through its grants program, paralysis resource center and advocacy efforts. [More Information on Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation]

  36. Cleveland FES Center Home Page
    The Cleveland FES Center is a research center which focuses on developing advanced technics to restore function for persons with paralysis. The primary focus is on functional electrical stimulation. [More Information on Cleveland FES Center Home Page]

  37. ClinicalTrials.gov
    ClinicalTrials.gov is a web based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers and the public with access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions. The site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information on ClinicalTrials.gov is provided and updated by the sponsor or principal investigator of the clinical study. [More Information on ClinicalTrials.gov]

  38. Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities
    The mission of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities is to catalyze and integrate advances in science, engineering, and technology to promote the quality of life and independent living of people with cognitive disabilities. Part of the University of Colorado, the Institute's primary activity is to provide grants for cognitive disability and technology research and development to CU faculty on all campuses of the university. The Institute makes grants that provide seed funding for research that may lead to patent-protected intellectual property and ultimately, commercialization. A major investment of the Coleman Institute has been in the $1.25 million co-funding of the $5.5 million center grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to create the nation's first Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT). [More Information on Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities]

  39. Craig Hospital
    Craig Hospital is a prominent center for rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Besides information on the hospital's services and research activities, this site offers general information on preventing and living with SCI and TBI. [More Information on Craig Hospital]

  40. ENABLE Project - Enabling Technologies for People with Dementia
    The ENABLE project, which concluded in 2004, was concerned with development and adaptation of technological products that people with dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's disease) could use to carry out daily tasks which they previously were unable to do due to dementia. The selected products fell into three categories: (1) devices to support memory (time orientation, taking medicines etc.); (2) devices to provide pleasure and comfort (multimedia programs); and (3) devices to facilitate communication (a pre-programmable telephone). The project was funded by the European Union and carried out by partners in five countries (England, Ireland, Finland, Lithuania and Norway). It was coordinated by the Norwegian Centre for Dementia Research. [More Information on ENABLE Project - Enabling Technologies for People with Dementia]

  41. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
    "The Center promotes the understanding of neurological, cognitive and behavioral development associated with developmental disabilities, emphasizing mental retardation. To accomplish this, the Center conducts basic and applied research to determine the biological and environmental factors that influence typical and atypical development; provides training and service programs that directly benefit people with developmental disabilities and their families." [More Information on Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center]

  42. Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
    The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation supports research for Alzheimer's disease and provides information and other resources for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers and family members. [More Information on Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation]

  43. Forschungsinstitut Technologie- Behindertenhilfe
    An interdisciplinary organization dedicated to information collection and dissemination on assistive technology as well as development and testing of assistive devices. English and German. [More Information on Forschungsinstitut Technologie- Behindertenhilfe]

  44. Foundation Fighting Blindness
    The Foundation is a charitable organization that supports research to prevent and treat conditions that cause blindness. The site also offers materials for people who are blind or have low vision and their friends and families. [More Information on Foundation Fighting Blindness]

  45. Foundation for Spinal Care Injury Prevention, Care and Cure
    The Foundation is a non-profit educational group dedicated to the prevention, care and cure of spinal cord injuries through public awareness, education and the funding of research. The site provides or links to many resources on SCI. [More Information on Foundation for Spinal Care Injury Prevention, Care and Cure]

  46. Gallaudet Research Institute
    The research arm of Gallaudet University, GRI researchers gather and analyze data concerning the demographic and academic characteristics of deaf and hard of hearing populations, primarily to provide information needed by educators in the field. The site offers GRI's publications for sale and information about the Institutes's activities. [More Information on Gallaudet Research Institute]

  47. Healthfinder
    A gateway consumer health and human services information web site from the U.S. government. Healthfinder contains selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as contact information for government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. [More Information on Healthfinder]

  48. Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, George Mason University
    The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization that focuses on improving the lives and productivity of persons with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of George Mason with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities. The Institute's assistive technology program offers training through an undergraduate minor in AT, a graduate AT Certificate, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees specializing in assistive technology. Coursework for the programs is offered year-round and incorporates face-to-face, distance education, and combined formats. Summer institutes and on-line options are available for those who are outside the Northern Virginia area. KIHD is a part of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. [More Information on Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, George Mason University]

  49. Institute for Community Inclusion
    ICI is committed to developing resources and supports for people with disabilities and their families, fostering interdependence, productivity, and inclusion in school and community settings. ICI programs carry out this mission through training and consultation, services, and research and dissemination. [More Information on Institute for Community Inclusion]

  50. Institute for Disability Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
    IDS core functions include preservice training, community service activities community training, technical assistance, and direct services, and dissemination. IDS core functions transcend five program areas - individual and family supports; prevention and health care; policy development; community capacity building; and educational improvement. [More Information on Institute for Disability Studies, University of Southern Mississippi]

  51. Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University
    As the Arizona University Center on Disabilities, the IHD is responsible for the development and implementation of six essential core program areas: Interdisciplinary Preservice Training; Outreach Inservice Training; Technical Assistance; Direct Services; Dissemination; and Research. There are useful publications, project information, products, employment and other information information on IHD programs, services and research. [More Information on Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University]

  52. Institute on Community Integration
    "The Institute's mission is to improve the quality and community orientation of services and supports available to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Rather than providing direct services itself, the Institute works with community service providers, school districts, advocacy and self-advocacy organizations, policymakers, and researchers around the world to provide state-of-the-art information and practices that support the community integration of individuals with disabilities." ICI is a university center for excellence in developmental disabilities. [More Information on Institute on Community Integration]

  53. Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
    The Institute on Disabilities provides training, technical assistance, services and supports, research, dissemination, and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families. It is a University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [More Information on Institute on Disabilities at Temple University]

  54. Institute on Independent Living
    "The Institute on Independent Living serves self-help organizations of disabled people who work for self-determination and equal opportunities. We provide information, training materials and technical assistance on personal assistance, advocacy, accessibility, legislation and peer support. We publish articles, reports, manuals or comments and other materials related to Independent Living." [More Information on Institute on Independent Living]

  55. Interagency Committee on Disability Research
    The Interagency Committee on Disability Research is mandated "to promote coordination and cooperation among Federal departments and agencies conducting rehabilitation research programs." [More Information on Interagency Committee on Disability Research]

  56. Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute
    The Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service, focuses its efforts on improving lifelong opportunities and services for individuals with disabilities, their families and the community. The Institute provides a strong foundation for more than 30 research, training and service projects, addressing a wide range of topics and issues in areas such as early childhood, education, transition and community living and personnel preparation. [More Information on Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute]

  57. International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health
    The ICF, released in 2001, has been accepted by over 190 countries as the international standard to describe and measure health and disability. The domains are classified from body, individual and societal perspectives. Since an individual's functioning and disability occurs in a context, ICF also includes a list of environmental factors. ICF is useful to understand and measure health outcomes. It can be used in clinical settings, health services or surveys at the individual or population level. ICF was developed by the World Health Organization, a part of the United Nations. [More Information on International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health]

  58. Internet Stroke Center at Washington University
    "The Internet Stroke Center exists to advance understanding of stroke research and clinical care. Our goal is to provide current, professional, un-biased information about stroke. The information on this site is obtained from published accounts, meeting presentations, internet searches, and direct correspondence." [More Information on Internet Stroke Center at Washington University]

  59. Judevine Center for Autism
    "A child and family-oriented organization and a pioneer in the treatment, training, and research of Autism." [More Information on Judevine Center for Autism]

  60. Kennedy Krieger Institute
    "Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research, and professional training." [More Information on Kennedy Krieger Institute ]

  61. Lash and Associates Publishing/Training
    The Lash and Associates site has information and publications on the consequences of brain injury in children, adolescents and young adults. The site includes various books, pamphlets, and other manuals available for order and/or subscription. Also provided are forums, newsletters, kids pages, and other useful tools to aid in the understanding of those with brain injuries. [More Information on Lash and Associates Publishing/Training]

  62. MossRehab Hospital
    MossRehab is a hospital in the Philadelphia area offers comprehensive care to people with a broad range of conditions--including stroke, brain injury, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal disabilities, spinal cord dysfunction, pulmonary disorders, amputations, and other forms of disability. The site also offers a wide variety of other information on disability-related subjects including the ADA and accessible travel. [More Information on MossRehab Hospital]

  63. National Aphasia Association
    Aphasia is often associated with stroke and brain injury. The NAA offers information on the medical causes of aphasia, contacting support groups and local assistance organizations, living with aphasia or someone who has aphasia, and the latest medical research. They also offer a semiannual newsletter, and opportunities to connect with others through a pen pal program. [More Information on National Aphasia Association]

  64. National Association of Home Builders Research Center
    The NAHB Research Center was founded in 1964 as a not-for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. The Center's research and demonstration projects include accessibility issues, and it has established the National Center for Seniors' Housing Research in cooperation with the Administration on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Center also offers several accessibility-related publications from its on-line store. [More Information on National Association of Home Builders Research Center]

  65. National Center for Accessible Media
    "NCAM is a research and development facility dedicated to the issues of media and information technology for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities." [More Information on National Center for Accessible Media]

  66. National Center for Health Statistics
    NCHS, a part of the CDC, is principal health statistics agency of the U.S. It compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. This an authoritative source for disability-related statistics. [More Information on National Center for Health Statistics]

  67. National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families
    The National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families. The Center targets three national populations: (1) parents with diverse disabilities; (2) family members; and, (3) service providers and trainees who have a particularly critical impact on parents. The Center's activities focus on priority issues facing parents with disabilities and their families: custody and parental evaluations; family roles and personal assistance; paratransit; and, intervention with parents with cognitive and intellectual disabilities and their children. This National Center is funded by NIDRR, U.S. Department of Education and is operated by Through the Looking Glass. [More Information on National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families]

  68. National Center for Technology Innovation
    Funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), NCTI advances learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering technology innovation. We seek to broaden and enrich the field by providing resources and promoting partnerships for the development of tools and applications by developers, manufacturers, producers, publishers and researchers. [More Information on National Center for Technology Innovation]

  69. National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)
    The National Center on Disability and Rehabilitation Research enhances the dissemination efforts of research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). It also increases the accessibility of research outcomes for the benefit of their consumers, particularly those from minority backgrounds. [More Information on National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR)]

  70. National Center on Accessibility
    NCA promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Through research, technical assistance and education, NCA focuses on universal design and practical accessibility solutions creating inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. The Center links the preferences and needs of people with disabilities to those of practitioners designing facilities and planning programs. NCA offers numerous publications on accessibility and universal design for yards, parks and other outdoor environments. It is a collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service. [More Information on National Center on Accessibility]

  71. National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    NCBDDD promotes the health of babies, children, and adults, and enhances the potential for full, productive living. Its work includes identifying the causes of birth defects and developmental disabilities, helping children to develop and reach their full potential, and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities. [More Information on National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]

  72. National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
    The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) encourages persons with disabilities to participate in regular physical activity as a means of promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing development of secondary conditions. Located at the University of Illinois at Chicago, NCPAD gathers, organizes, evaluates, synthesizes, and disseminates information on the state of the science in physical activity and disability. They offer a variety of resources for persons with disabilities, fitness and exercise professionals, health professionals, and researchers interested in disability and physical activity. [More Information on National Center on Physical Activity and Disability]

  73. National Glaucoma Research
    The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) provides this Web resource on glaucoma. It offers information on research, treatment and living with glaucoma. [More Information on National Glaucoma Research]

  74. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    A component of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Public Health Service, NINDS is the leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. This site has updated information on brain research as well as more general information on stroke and other neurological disorders. [More Information on National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke]

  75. National Institute of Special Education (Japan)
    This institute, funded by the Japanese government, conducts research and provides training in special education. [More Information on National Institute of Special Education (Japan)]

  76. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders
    Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training in disease prevention and health promotion and the special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people having communication impairments and disorders. Don't forget to explore all of the information resources like the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse. [More Information on National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders]

  77. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    NIDRR provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Its programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood. NIDRR conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of individuals of all ages with disabilities. Its focus includes research in areas such as employment; health and function; technology for access and function; independent living and community integration; and other associated disability research areas. NIDRR is part of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. [More Information on National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research]

  78. National Library of Medicine
    This site offers a wide variety of authoritative health and disability information: catalogs, databases, historical materials, publications, training, research programs, announcements, exhibits, jobs, and much more. [More Information on National Library of Medicine]

  79. National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    "The Society and its network of chapters nationwide promote research, educate, advocate on critical issues, and organize a wide range of programs, including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time." [More Information on National Multiple Sclerosis Society]

  80. National Organization for Rare Disorders
    NORD is a unique federation of more than 140 not-for-profit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders and disabilities. Read their newsletter, the Orphan Disease Update, or search the Rare Disease Database, the Organizational Database, and Orphan Drug Designation Database for information on specific rare disorders. Also check out the Medical Equipment Exchange, a database of "for sale" ads for a variety of used medical equipment. [More Information on National Organization for Rare Disorders]

  81. National Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled
    The Center provides rehabilitation services and conducts research on new rehabilitative techniques. Also lists other rehabilitation training centers in Asia. [More Information on National Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled]

  82. National Rehabilitation Information Center
    The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a library of disability-related information consisting of a large publication collection and several resources with much practical information on disability issues. Resources include: five searchable databases of organizations, documents, and links; an interactive calendar of disability and rehabilitation events around the world; monthly highlights; and a current awareness service features most recent projects. [More Information on National Rehabilitation Information Center]

  83. National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
    The Center's mission is to make supportive housing and home modification a more integral component of successful aging, long-term care, preventive health, and the development of elder-friendly communities. NRCSHHM supports service programs and housing settings that target semi-independent elderly who need assistance with daily activities, and encourages home modification to convert or adapt environments to make tasks easier, reduce accidents, and support independent living. To promote awareness of home modifications and fall prevention, it created two informational web sites, Homemods.org and Stopfalls.org. [More Information on National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification]

  84. Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
    The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Inc. (OI Foundation) is a voluntary national health organization dedicated to helping people cope with the problems associated with osteogenesis imperfecta. The Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by OI through research to find treatments and a cure, education, awareness, and mutual support. [More Information on Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation]

  85. Quality of Life Technology Center
    The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC). QoLT was created to significantly improve and sustain the quality of life for all people by integrating information, engineering, and biomedical innovations for the prevention, rehabilitation and compensation of human ailments. The center is developing new approaches to help manage and maintain physical and mental health, and devices and systems that both restore and enhance natural human perception, cognition, and motor skills for people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability. QoLT is a unique partnership between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of technologists, clinicians, industry partners, end users, and other stakeholders to create revolutionary technologies that will improve and sustain the quality of life for all people. [More Information on Quality of Life Technology Center ]

  86. REACH, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies - Michigan State University
    The REACH site offers online learning opportunities for rehabilitation service providers. [More Information on REACH, Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies - Michigan State University]

  87. Reaching for the Stars
    Reaching For The Stars was started by Anna Marie Champion and Cynthia Frisina Gray, two mothers determined to go above and beyond what is currently possible to make a profound difference in the lives of our children and others, who suffer the negative physical, emotional and social impact of cerebral palsy. They saw the need that exists for more progressive research on the causes and possible cures and treatments for children with CP. RFTS's mission is to foster national cerebral palsy research with the goal of expediting the creation of new medicines and effective treatments for children with CP. RFTS also focuses on (1) building community awareness, education and patient advocacy, on a nation-wide basis, among care givers and health care providers regarding new and promising research, treatments and therapies; and (2) developing and promoting new discoveries and clinical research programs that will advance the pharmacological, surgical and therapeutic treatment of CP. [More Information on Reaching for the Stars]

  88. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability
    The overarching objective of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability is to Optimize Participation Through Technology (OPTT). OPTT-RERC will enhance the lives of individuals aging with and into disability through: a) development and delivery of cutting-edge technologies for identification, evaluation, and rehabilitation of motor processes that facilitate or impede functional performance, employment, and community participation for the intended beneficiaries, b) employment of state of the art data management, dissemination, and performance evaluation techniques to ensure that the knowledge and products emergent from the RERC are accessible for all intended beneficiaries, c) assembly of a multidisciplinary team of experts in clinical rehabilitation, engineering, gerontology, along with a select group of technology partners, and disability advocates to ensure that OPTT-RERC's short and long-term outcome goals are successfully implemented and, d) alignment of the clinical and technological strengths of several area programs into an integrated infrastructure to provide training opportunities for future rehabilitation researchers. OPTT-RERC is located at the University of Southern California. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Technologies for Successful Aging with Disability]

  89. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT)
    The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) is the nation's first Center to conduct research and development on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT)]

  90. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement
    AAC-RERC "uses innovative communications technologies to benefit researchers, engineers, rehabilitation service providers, developers, and users of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) technologies." [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Communication Enhancement]

  91. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement
    The RERC on Hearing Enhancement addresses accessibility problems of hard-of-hearing individuals by developing and evaluating cost-effective technological aids for the various groups of people with hearing loss according to their needs (e.g. people with moderate hearing losses, people with severe or profound hearing losses, young children, older adults and people with both vision and hearing loss). The RERC is funded by NIDRR. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement]

  92. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities
    The Center’s primary aims are to ensure equitable access to mobile wireless products and services by people with disabilities of all ages and abilities and to investigate promising applications of mobile wireless technologies in support of employment, independent living and community integration. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities]

  93. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Persons with Disabilities (RERC RecTech)
    Rectech is dedicated to using technology to promote more healthy, active lifestyles for people with disabilities. Rectech focuses on four areas of research and development that are key to promoting health and function and community participation for people with disabilities: 1) increasing access to the environments, equipment, and programs associated with healthy, active lifestyles; 2) encouraging greater participation in healthful levels of physical activity; 3) promoting adherence to being physically active on a regular basis, ideally every day; and 4) expanding the knowledge base on health and function outcomes of physical activity for people with disabilities. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Recreational Technologies and Exercise Physiology Benefiting Persons with Disabilities (RERC RecTech)]

  94. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Spinal Cord Injury: Keep Moving
    Led by Los Amigos Research and Education Institute, Inc. (LAREI), this RERC works to enhance the mobility and function of individuals with spinal cord injury. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Spinal Cord Injury: Keep Moving]

  95. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities
    Led by the Los Amigos Research and Education Institute, Inc. (LAREI), the RERC develops technology for children with orthopedic disabilities with an emphasis on prosthetics and orthotics. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities]

  96. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunication Access
    "Identifies telecommunication access barriers in current and future technologies, work with others in the field to identify solution strategies, test them, implement any necessary standards, and assist industry in transferring the ideas into their commercial products." [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunication Access]

  97. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment
    The Center for Universal Design, College of Design at North Carolina State University, was funded by NIDRR as a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Universal Design and the Built Environment, for the period 09/01/99 through 08/30/04. The RERC’s purpose was to 1) improve the accessibility and usability of the built environment, and 2) advance the field of universal design. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design and the Built Environment]

  98. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design at Buffalo (RERC-UD)
    The RERC-UD will create housing, public buildings, and communities that are more accessible for people with disabilities and safer, healthier, and socially sustainable for the general public. It will identify and fill research gaps and develop critical tools for advancing the field of universal design and apply those tools to develop widely adopted standards and products. A Knowledge Translation in Action strategy will unify the outreach efforts to increase awareness of the RERC activities and universal design in general as well as improve capacity in research and practice. [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Design at Buffalo (RERC-UD)]

  99. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access
    "Improves access by individuals with all types, degrees, and combinations of disabilities to a wide range of technologies, including computers, ATMs, kiosks, point-of-sale devices and smartcards, home and pocket information appliances, Internet technologies (XML, XSL, CSS, SMIL, etc.), intranets, and 3-D and immersive environments." [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface and Information Technology Access]

  100. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations
    "The Workplace RERC identifies, designs, and develops devices and systems to help people with disabilities be more productive in the workplace. A primary focus of the Center is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations]

  101. Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Ergonomic Solutions for Employment
    "This RERC combines ergonomic interventions, work and worksite modifications, assistive technologies, and medical interventions to facilitate placement of workers with disabilities, and helps prevent development of subsequent musculoskeletal illnesses and injuries." [More Information on Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center: Ergonomic Solutions for Employment]

  102. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center - National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Supports
    The Center conducts research on educational supports to increase access to postsecondary education programs and improve outcomes for people with disabilities. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center - National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Supports]

  103. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
    The Research and Training Center for Developing and Implementing Integrated Systems of Care for Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an integrated set of research projects designed, in the short run, to enhance knowledge about effective implementation of systems of care, and, in the long run to make it possible for children with serious emotional disturbances to live, learn, work, and thrive in their own communities. The Center has developed a theory of factors that contribute to effective implementation; within that theory is a strong emphasis on the importance of understanding from a systemic perspective the interrelationship between the different factors, and their relationship to the community culture and context in which a service delivery system exists. The Center has a set of six interconnected research projects that use both quantitative and qualitative methods, and are holistic in their focus, to further test and develop its theory. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health]

  104. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services
    This project provides research, training, dissemination, and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS) in the United States. Center projects focus on: (1) the relationship between formal and informal PAS and caregiving support, and the role of AT in complementing PAS; (2) policies and programs, barriers, and new models for PAS in the home and community; (3) workforce development, recruitment, retention, and benefits; and (4) workplace PAS models that eliminate barriers to formal and informal PAS and AT at work. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Personal Assistance Services]

  105. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision
    The RRTC's mission is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. Its activities and other information are available on the site. The RRTC is supported by a grant from NIDRR to the Mississippi State University. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision]

  106. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
    The goal of this Center is to insure that people with psychiatric disabilities not only move from institutional care to more integrated settings but also are free to choose to participate in a wide range of roles in their communities. The Center's five year mission focuses on three core areas: (1) Factors Associated with Community Integration develops a coherent conceptual framework for community integration and identifies key factors, intervention models, and appropriate instrumentation and research methodologies; (2) Policies Associated with Community Integration identifies, develops, and assesses the effectiveness of a range of public policies and system strategies promoting community integration and engage key stakeholders in learning about and utilizing the Center's findings; and (3) Intervention Supports that Assist Community Integration identifies, develops, and assesses the effectiveness of support service interventions promoting community integration, and provides training, technical assistance, and dissemination based on those initiatives to change behaviors and practices of key stakeholders. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities]

  107. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury
    The mission of the RRTC on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is (1) to increase access to information, resources, and services to those affected by Traumatic Brain Injury TBI, including traditionally under-served populations, that maximize participation in their communities and that treating professionals have the necessary information to meet the needs of persons with TBI; (2) to address all areas of community integration, including traditionally under-emphasized areas such as friendship, intimacy, and creative expression; (3) to reduce attitudinal barriers to community integration of persons with TBI; (4) to establish new types of partnerships, such as those with the larger disability community, in order to empower persons with TBI to have a voice in creating community services and networks to facilitate maximal community participation. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury]

  108. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics
    The RRTC on Demographics and Statistics (Cornell StatsRRTC) bridges the divide between the sources of disability data and the users of disability statistics. The project conducts research exploring the reliability of existing data sources and collection methods, and studies the potential to improve current and future data collection efforts. In addition, the project utilizes existing data sources to provide a comprehensive and reliable set of statistics, increase access to and understanding of how statistics can be used effectively to support decision making. Cornell StatsRRTC works with key organizations to determine their needs and helps them maximize the use of disability statistics in their ongoing efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics]

  109. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes
    This Employment Service Systems Research and Training Center develops, enhances, and utilizes partnerships to improve the quality of employment services, opportunities, and outcomes for people with disabilities. Five research projects have been designed to meet this goal and examine partnerships across public agencies, between not for-profit and public agencies, and between rehabilitation agencies and businesses. The Consortia for Employment Success (CES) creates and evaluates fully integrated disability service provider networks in three local communities. The Workplace Socialization Model (WPS), supplements the CES Model by focusing on job enhancement and retention. Identification of "Good Practices" Within Vocational Rehabilitation is designed to identify a variety of good practices currently being used in the State-Federal VR system across the U.S. that facilitate consumer access to services and enhance employment outcomes. Designing and Testing Comprehensive Employment Practice and Policy Initiatives within a Vocational Rehabilitation State Agency develops and tests a model that leads to enhanced employment outcomes. A Study of Disability Navigators in One-Stops, collects data on Workforce Investment Act regions in which Navigators operate and compares levels of customer satisfaction and employment outcomes between regions that use Navigators and regions that have no such positions. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Employment Outcomes]

  110. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes and Effectiveness
    The purpose of this RRTC is to provide national leadership on the functional assessment, outcomes, and health policy issues facing the medical rehabilitation community and the diverse consumers it seeks to serve. The Center conducts research; hosts forums for discussion; publishes in the rehabilitation, health policy, and consumer literature; trains researchers in rehabilitation-focused health services research; and disseminates information to diverse consumer, provider, and academic audiences. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes and Effectiveness]

  111. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Policies Affecting Families of Children with Disabilities
    This center conducts research on the effects of the policies of governments, systems, networks, and agencies on the family quality of life and community integration (FQOL/FCI) of families who have children with developmental disabilities and emotional-behavioral disabilities or both. Researchers identify four target populations: families, providers, policy-leaders, and networks (all at the federal, state, and local levels). [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Policies Affecting Families of Children with Disabilities]

  112. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Health and Preventing Complications through Exercise
    This project systematically and comprehensively addresses the role and impact of physical activity in the prevention of secondary conditions in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Initially, the project establishes critical, yet-undefined physiological responses to exercise in SCI and comprehensively examines cardiovascular disease risk in individuals with SCI applying accepted guidelines used in the able-bodied population. The project develops exercise formats specifically designed according to severity of SCI and chronicity of SCI to address the prevention of and knowledge regarding osteoporosis and other secondary conditions. In addition, the project determines whether regular exercise is related to fewer secondary conditions. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Health and Preventing Complications through Exercise]

  113. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on State Systems and Employment
    This Center identifies effective practices in coordinated employment efforts and facilitates such development at local, regional, and state levels. It also influences policy, practice, and perceptions on the national level. Project activities include investigations, technical assistance, and public policy reviews. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on State Systems and Employment]

  114. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Substance Abuse, Disability, and Employment
    This RRTC builds on previous findings to positively impact persons with disabilities who also experience substance use disorders, as well as the service providers upon whom they depend. The highly integrated program of research addresses the following goals and objectives: (l) promote widespread use of substance use disorder screening among persons with disabilities who utilize disability-related employment services; (2) conduct a randomized clinical trial of a model of supported employment, Individualized Placement and Support (IPS), to test its efficacy among persons with traumatic brain injury or other severe disabilities that also have a substance use disorder; (3) research policy and practices relative to their impact on VR services for persons with a disability and coexisting substance abuse; and (4) investigate factors that specifically contribute to unsuccessful case closure among consumers of VR services. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Substance Abuse, Disability, and Employment]

  115. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions
    "The overall goal of the RRTC on TBI Interventions is to enhance the cognitive, physical, and emotional functioning of people with TBI. This goal will be accomplished through RRTC research activities that produce new knowledge. This knowledge will be translated by the RRTC into information useful for targeted audiences — through training, dissemination and technical assistance activities. The goal is the creation and adoption of innovative post-TBI interventions, improvement of community-based post-TBI treatment and services, and better research tools." [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Traumatic Brain Injury Interventions]

  116. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities
    This Center helps expand, improve, and modify disability policy and other more general policies in order to improve the employment status of Americans with disabilities and increase their independence and self-sufficiency. Based on research from this project and other NIDRR-funded projects, this project establishes an information and technical assistance resource to government leaders and decision makers at state and federal levels, individuals with disabilities, parents and family members, and other interested parties, offering new and revised approaches to workforce development and employment policy. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy for Persons with Disabilities]

  117. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention
    This RRTC studies those supports which are most effective in the workplace for assisting persons with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. Research includes two long-term prospective randomized experimental control research projects: (1) determining the efficacy of public/private partnerships, and (2) determining the efficacy of business mentoring and career based interventions with college students with disabilities. The RRTC is partnered with Manpower, Inc., several community rehabilitation programs, and the VCU Business Roundtable. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention]

  118. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center to Improve Services for Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Their Families
    This project conducts an integrated set of research, training, and technical assistance activities to study and promote effective, community-based, culturally competent, family-centered, individualized and strength-based services for children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families. Research issues include caregivers and employment, inclusive child care, early intervention, education and service planning, service delivery, training and mentoring. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center to Improve Services for Children with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Their Families]

  119. Research and Training Center on Community Living
    The Center provides research, evaluation, training, technical assistance and dissemination to support the aspirations of persons with developmental disabilities to live full, productive and integrated lives in their communities. [More Information on Research and Training Center on Community Living ]

  120. Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
    The research conducted by this project improves the employment status of people with disabilities in the rural U.S., enhances their ability to live independently, and advances the science of rural disability studies. Four core areas comprise eleven research projects in rural employment and economic development; rural health and disability; rural community transportation and independent living; and rural policy foundations. [More Information on Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities]

  121. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
    This project conducts research, training, and technical assistance activities to study and promote effective, community-based, culturally competent, family-centered, individualized and strength-based services for children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families. [More Information on Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health]

  122. Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living
    The Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living (RTC/MICL) is a consortium based at the University of Kansas. The other partners are Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Oregon, and the University of Montana. The Center's combined expertise has established us as key resources for journalists covering local, state, regional, and national issues related to disability, independent living, interdependence, community participation, and civil rights. [More Information on Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living]

  123. Research Utilization Support and Help
    The RUSH project develops and tests models for increasing the effective use of the results of research funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education. The RUSH Project will assess utilization successes in terms of benefits produced for intended user audiences including: people with disabilities and their families, disability researchers, and disability service providers, among others. The goal is to expand awareness, strategies, and evaluation of knowledge utilization outcomes among NIDRR-supported researchers in order to increase access and use of research results by those who can benefit the most from them. [More Information on Research Utilization Support and Help]

  124. Ricability
    Ricability is a British national research charity dedicated to providing independent information of value to disabled and older consumers. Ricability researches and publishes consumer reports. The reports are based on rigorous research and provide practical information needed by disabled and older consumers. Ricability staff also work with manufacturers, service providers, regulators and policy makers to improve products and services. [More Information on Ricability]

  125. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Grants are made in four goal areas: (1) To assure that all Americans have access to quality health care at reasonable cost. (2) To improve the quality of care and support for people with chronic health conditions. (3) To promote healthy communities and lifestyles. (4) To reduce the personal, social and economic harm caused by substance abuse — tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs. To accomplish these goals, the Foundation supports training, education, research (excluding biomedical research), and projects that demonstrate the effective delivery of health care services. Rather than paying for individual care, the Foundation concentrates on health care systems and the conditions that promote better health. Grantees include hospitals; medical, nursing, and public schools; hospices; professional associations; research organizations; state and local government agencies; and community groups. [More Information on Robert Wood Johnson Foundation]

  126. Science Access Project
    A group at Oregon State University, Science Access Project works to develop methods for making science, math, and engineering information accessible to people with print disabilities. [More Information on Science Access Project]

  127. Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies (START) Centre
    The START Centre specializes in the technology transfer, commercialization of research projects, evaluation, training, custom design and installation of a variety of assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment to assist people with disabilities in Singapore to achieve their vocational, educational and independent living goals. [More Information on Singapore Therapeutic, Assistive & Rehabilitative Technologies (START) Centre]

  128. Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
    SKERI, a nonprofit independent research institute, is dedicated to research on human vision. SKERI conducts research on many different topics, but its main interests are: clinical studies which relate directly to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders; the development of devices and vocational programs to aid the partially sighted, blind and hearing impaired; basic research to understand how the eye and brain work. [More Information on Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute]

  129. Spinal Cord Injury Manual for Patients and Families
    Part of the RehabTeamSite, this on-line handbook provides valuable information on numerous rehabilitation issues for patients with SCI and their families and friends. The content is provided by the Louis Calder Memorial Library of the University of Miami School of Medicine (UMSM) and related organizations. [More Information on Spinal Cord Injury Manual for Patients and Families]

  130. STAKES, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health
    STAKES is the chief source of research and policy relating to health and social issues in Finland, including disability issues. STAKES engages in research and development to promote independent living among people with disabilities and promotes accessibility in services and Design-for-All approaches. It also explores and develops various services for people with disabilities, including interpreter, personal assistance, housing and assistive technology services. In addition, STAKES maintains statistics in the topic area, including a database, Apudata, of services and organizations in the assistive technology field. [More Information on STAKES, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health]

  131. Swedish Handicap Institute
    The Swedish Handicap Institute (Hjälpmedelsinstitutet) is a national resource centre on assistive technology and accessibility for persons with disabilities. The activities of the Swedish Handicap Institute cover testing and procurement of assistive devices; research and development; analyses of needs, knowledge and method development; training and capacity building; international cooperation; and information dissemination. The Institute is run by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. [More Information on Swedish Handicap Institute]

  132. TASH
    The mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. [More Information on TASH]

  133. TBI Help Desk for Caregivers
    Run by Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in New York, the TBI Help Desk provides a wide range of support resources for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Caregivers at all levels, families and patients. [More Information on TBI Help Desk for Caregivers]

  134. Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
    Gallaudet University's Technology Access Program (TAP) is a research group focusing on technologies and services that eliminate communication barriers traditionally faced by deaf and hard of hearing people. [More Information on Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University]

  135. Tinnitus Today
    Tinnitus Today is the American Tinnitus Association's quarterly journal for patients and healthcare professionals. The magazine contains up-to-date medical and research news, feature articles on urgent tinnitus issues, questions and answers, self-help suggestions, and feedback from others with tinnitus. [More Information on Tinnitus Today]

  136. Trace Research and Development Center
    The Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison was formed by a group of students in 1971 to address the communication needs of people who are nonspeaking and have severe disabilities. The Center was an early leader and innovator in the field that came to be known as "augmentative communication." As the personal computer emerged, the Trace Center became a leader in making computers accessible to people with all types of disabilities, focusing on universal design of information and communication technologies. [More Information on Trace Research and Development Center]

  137. Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Guide
    The TBI Resource Guide from the Centre for Neuro Skills is a comprehensive source of information, services and products relating to traumatic brain injury, brain injury recovery, and post-acute rehabilitation. This site includes a database of the the 500 most recent articles on brain injury, a quarterly newsletter, a guide to selecting a rehabilitation facility, and a complete listing of national and state brain injury associations. [More Information on Traumatic Brain Injury Resources Guide]

  138. UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability
    This Center conducts a series of research and training projects that focus on increasing self-determination for persons with psychiatric disabilities. The Center's current projects are composed of five core areas: (1) choices in treatment decision-making; (2) economic self-sufficiency; (3) consumer advocacy under managed care; (4) career development through real jobs for real wages; and (5) strengthening self-determination skills and self-advocacy. These core areas reaffirm that people with psychiatric disabilities have the right to maximal independence, which grows out of making choices in the decisions that affect their lives. [More Information on UIC National Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability]

  139. Unidad de Investigación ACCESO
    A summary of research on accessibility and other disability issues conducted at the University of Valencia. "ACCESO participates in projects where the information and communication technologies are applied to the development and education of people with physical and/or sensorial disabilities, making intensive use of Assistive Technologies. [More Information on Unidad de Investigación ACCESO]

  140. University of Kansas - Department of Special Education
    Clicking on "Projects" will list the Department's research projects. [More Information on University of Kansas - Department of Special Education]

  141. University of Kansas - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies
    "Life Span Institute researchers and practitioners provide assessment and treatment services to individuals with disabilities and their families, and develops strategies for school systems, long-term care residences and other community groups and agencies." [More Information on University of Kansas - Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies]

  142. Vilans
    (In Dutch) Vilans supports research on longterm care issues, including assistive technology, in the Netherlands. It seeks to enhance the quality of life for people requiring extra support and care due to chronic illness, disability, or aging. VILANS is a new institute founded in 2007 based on a merger of four earlier institutes in The Netherlands: NIZW (Dutch Institute for Care and Welbeing; i.e. the Care department), KITTZ (Quality Institute for Homecare Technologies), KBOH (the Quality Research Institute for Technical Aids) and iRv (Institute for Rehabilitation Research). [More Information on Vilans]

  143. Viscardi Center
    The Viscardi Center is a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to be active, independent, and self sufficient participants in our society. Through education, training, research, leadership, and example, the Viscardi Center seeks to provide the highest quality services and to influence national attitudes, policies, and legislation. [More Information on Viscardi Center]

  144. V-LINC (formerly VME and LINC)
    V-LINC is a non-profit organization focused on developing and providing assistive technology for people with disabilities. It was formed by the 2010 merger of Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME) and Learning Independence Through Computers (LINC). V-LINC’s volunteers, with expertise in medicine, engineering and technology, create or modify devices to help people with disabilities perform daily living activities, participate in recreation activities, communicate through augmentative devices, and control their environment. These services are provided for a small fee for completed devices. V-LINC also provides an inclusive summer day camp for children with and without disabilities and provides assessments and training on assistive devices and software that are used to access and use a computer; these services are available for people of all ages. [More Information on V-LINC (formerly VME and LINC)]

  145. Web Accessibility Initiative
    The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C's) commitment to lead the Web to its full potential includes promoting a high degree of usability for people with disabilities. The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), in coordination with organizations around the world, is pursuing accessibility of the Web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education & outreach, and research & development. [More Information on Web Accessibility Initiative]

  146. Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins
    "The Wilmer Institute is known ... not only for research, but for management of exceptionally complex and serious eye cases." [More Information on Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins]

  147. World Institute on Disability
    "The World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit research, public policy and advocacy center dedicated to promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. Since its founding in 1983 . . . WID has earned a reputation for high quality research and public education on a wide range of issues" relating to disability. [More Information on World Institute on Disability]

  148. Wright State University Learning with Disability Ph.D. Program
    Wright State offers a doctoral program designed to provide a broad and comprehensive education, realistic work experiences, and opportunities for problem centered research in the area of learning with disability. The Learning with Disability program incorporates three interconnected and interdependent research efforts, namely: understanding the basic biology, nature and development of human abilities, exploring the opportunities afforded by advanced technologies to expand human capabilities through multimodal interfaces and enhanced visualizations, and addressing the practical problems of the design of human-technology systems that broaden and enhance learning experiences. [More Information on Wright State University Learning with Disability Ph.D. Program]

  149. Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
    The Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations for children with social disabilities, focusing on autism, Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs). The clinic also performs research in the same areas. [More Information on Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic]

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  1. 2014 NARRTC Annual Conference
    April 24, 2014 to April 25, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers) seeks improve the quality of life, independence of life choices, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families through relevant research, training, technical assistance, knowledge translation, development and demonstration activities. NARRTC members are current projects funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The theme of the 2014 conference will be "The Way Forward: Informing Policy with Evidence." [More Information on 2014 NARRTC Annual Conference]

  2. 2014 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
    May 19, 2014 to May 20, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
    The 2014 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will encourage and respect voices from "diverse" perspectives across numerous areas relating to disability. The perspectives included in this conference will include voices from persons representing all disability areas; family members and supporters sharing experiences across all disability areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, natural supports and allies of persons with disabilities and; and action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world. [More Information on 2014 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity]

  3. 2014 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference
    June 13, 2014 to June 15, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
    The RESNA 2014 Annual Conference will be an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on 2014 Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference]

  4. 2014 Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
    July 19, 2014 to July 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal
    ISAAC 2014's theme is "Discover Communication - Descobrir a Comunicação" The conference will offer something for everyone with an interest in AAC. Presentations will feature leading edge research, and clinical and educational interventions and innovations. People who use AAC will share their experiences and perspectives. [More Information on 2014 Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)]

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  1. 2014 CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
    March 17, 2014 to March 22, 2014 in San Diego, California, United States
    The 2014 CSUN Conference will provide an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. The 29th edition of this conference will be a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world. [More Information on 2014 CSUN International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference]

  2. 2013 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference
    November 17, 2013 to November 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C., United States
    "Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World" is the theme of the AUCD 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference. The conference will focus on promoting the network’s values of inclusion of all persons with developmental and other disabilities in community life and engaging the network in conversation and practices to ensure that the organization's work reflects the changing cultural and linguistic landscape within their Centers and States. There will be a special opportunity for participants and exhibitors to share their interests and talents on a wide range of disability related topics with others in the network along with partnering organizations. [More Information on 2013 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference]

  3. Disabilities Studies Conference
    October 31, 2013 to November 1, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    The Students for Disability Advocacy, a student group at the University of Pittsburgh whose mission is to advocate for students with disabilities, will be holding a disability studies conference to highlight research concerning the disability experience. The conference will include student researchers and faculty respondents. A variety of submissions will be accepted from students with and without disabilities at the University of Pittsburgh and around the country. Panel presentations will draw from a variety of disciplines including: Assistive Technology across disability, Health and Wellness (disparities), Employment, Policy, Education, History, Philosophy, and English. A faculty-student round-table discussion is the final event of the conference with discourse concerning relationships between faculty and students with disabilities. Limited scholarships for travel may be available and food will be available free at the conference. [More Information on Disabilities Studies Conference]

  4. RESNA 2013 Annual Conference
    June 20, 2013 to June 24, 2013 in Bellevue, Washington, United States
    Designed by and for people passionate about the use of assistive technology to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities, RESNA 2013 offers educational sessions, scientific paper sessions, posters, three plenary sessions with internationally-recognized speakers, and a large exhibit hall. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on RESNA 2013 Annual Conference]

  5. 2013 International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
    August 29, 2013 to August 31, 2013 in Gyeonggi, South Korea
    "Learning, Living & Working with my Assistive & Rehabilitation Technology (A&RT)" is the theme of the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe) 2013, which will promote novel scientific research, develop regional networks and support people with disability residing in Asia with state-of-the-art and functional assistive, rehabilitation and therapeutic technology. Join advocates, researchers and professionals from at plenary sessions, workshops, forums and scientific presentations to discuss how assistive and rehabilitation technology is integrated in education, living and working environment for persons with disability. [More Information on 2013 International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology]

  6. National Ataxia Foundation 56th Annual Membership Meeting
    March 15, 2013 to March 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan, United States
    The National Ataxia Foundation's (NAF) 2013 annual meeting will provide the latest information on research and treatment of ataxia. The meeting sessions are designed to provide current information on research activities, give helpful information on coping and living with ataxia, and provide for a life-long network of people with the same concerns. In addition, the annual membership meeting allows ataxia families to meet with the world's leading ataxia researchers and meet in groups of people with similar forms of ataxia. [More Information on National Ataxia Foundation 56th Annual Membership Meeting]

  7. CSUN 2013 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
    February 25, 2013 to March 1, 2013 in San Diego, California, United States
    The 2013 CSUN Conference will provide an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. Now in its 28th year, this conference is known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world. [More Information on CSUN 2013 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference]

  8. 2013 Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) Conference
    September 19, 2013 to September 22, 2013 in Vilamoura, Portugal
    The AAATE 2013 Conference will bring together researchers, professionals, manufacturers, end users and their families, and combine their needs and expectations in a multidisciplinary way. This will be achieved not only by the presentation of papers during the September 19-21, but also through the participation in Instructional Courses and in a "Research Symposium" held immediately after the main conference. [More Information on 2013 Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) Conference]

  9. 2013 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity
    April 29, 2013 to April 30, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
    The 2013 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity will encourage and respect voices from "diverse" perspectives across numerous areas relating to disability. The theme for the 2013 conference is "Being in Community." The perspectives included in this conference will include - voices from persons representing all disability areas; experiences of family members and supporters across all disability areas; responsiveness to diverse cultural and language differences; evidence of researchers and academics studying disability; stories of persons providing powerful lessons; examples of program providers, natural supports and allies of persons with disabilities and; and action plans to meet human and social needs in a globalized world. [More Information on 2013 Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity]

  10. 2012 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Summit
    August 27, 2012 to August 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
    The 2012 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS Summit’s theme is "Delivering Excellence, Achieving State-of-the Art Health Care." The event will bring together 900 allied healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and researchers. Key issues of discussions will include treatment, care, rehabilitation, and such cross-cutting topics as wound and skin care, mobility, and continence as it pertains to spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Attendees can take advantage of two networking receptions, and there will be prize giveaway incentives for attendees to visit each exhibit booth. [More Information on 2012 Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Summit]

  11. NARRTC 2012 Annual Conference
    April 26, 2012 to April 27, 2012 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States
    NARRTC (formerly known as the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers) seeks improve the quality of life, independence of life choices, and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families through relevant research, training, technical assistance, knowledge translation, development and demonstration activities. NARRTC members are current projects funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The theme of the 2012 conference will be "Advancing and Sustaining Research in Disability and Rehabilitation." [More Information on NARRTC 2012 Annual Conference]

  12. CSUN 2012 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference
    February 27, 2012 to March 3, 2012 in San Diego, California, United States
    This comprehensive conference features presentations, training and exhibitions relating to all types assistive technology. The conferences addresses issues for all ages, disabilities, and levels of education as well as training, employment, and independent living. [More Information on CSUN 2012 International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference]

  13. RESNA 2012 Annual Conference
    June 28, 2012 to July 3, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
    The RESNA 2012 Annual Conference will be an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule (to be announced at a later date) will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on RESNA 2012 Annual Conference]

  14. 2011 Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) Assistive Technology/Technology Forum
    June 20, 2011 in Washington, D.C., United States
    The purpose of the ICDR forum is to facilitate interagency coordination and collaboration; promote interagency information sharing and enhance communication; support interagency planning and development, and promote a cohesive, strategic program of disability research. [More Information on 2011 Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) Assistive Technology/Technology Forum]

  15. 2011 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference
    November 6, 2011 to November 9, 2011 in Crystal City, Virginia, United States
    The 2011 AUCD Conference will provide a forum for participants and exhibitors to connect with a variety of stakeholders in the disability community to share strategies in research, education, and service that are advancing equity and excellence in the disability field and improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. [More Information on 2011 AUCD Annual Meeting and Conference]

  16. 2011 Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) Conference
    August 31, 2011 to September 2, 2011 in Maastricht, Netherlands
    The subject of this AAATE conference is "Everyday technology for Independence and Care". The AAATE's mission is "to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of people with disabilities, including elderly people". The 2011 conference will examine the present and future of assistive technology from three aspects:
    • A changing society asks for more and better suitable solutions
    • A growing number of people who rely on technological support and care
    • The need to involve the end-users / consumers of care and technology users in the developments for a better future.
    [More Information on 2011 Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) Conference]

  17. Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology
    June 5, 2011 to June 8, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    The 2011 Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT) features a unique opportunity to attend six conferences in one location:Growing Older with a Disability; RESNA/ICTA; Advances in Neurorehabilitation; Caregiving in the 21st Century; 34th Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Conference; and International Conference on Best Practices in Universal Design. [More Information on Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology]

  18. United 2 Fight Paralysis’s 5th Annual Working 2 Walk Science and Advocacy Symposium
    November 11, 2010 to November 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    The Unite 2 Fight Paralysis Organization is hosting their 5th Annual Science and Advocacy Symposium. The event will focus on bringing together members of the paralysis community from all over the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to join leading scientists, practitioners and advocates to get updates on curative therapies and wellness strategies from leading experts in the community. Workshops with prominent advocates will offer advice on how to join the advocacy movement in getting closer to a cure. Networking opportunities will be available with members of the community, spinal cord injury survivors, family members, researchers and industry leaders. [More Information on United 2 Fight Paralysis’s 5th Annual Working 2 Walk Science and Advocacy Symposium]

  19. 2010 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference
    November 15, 2010 to November 16, 2010 in Washington, D.C., United States
    The 2010 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference, "Breakthrough Learning – Transform the Future," will explore emerging ideas, solutions, and public policy initiatives that can leverage the power of inclusive technology so that all students can reach their potential. Over 200 nationally recognized leaders from academia, corporations, government and the media will examine the research, policy, and practices that have emerged to transform and strengthen teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. [More Information on 2010 NCTI Technology Innovators Conference]

  20. Community Participation by People with Disabilities: "How Do We Measure Up?”
    October 28, 2010 to October 29, 2010 in Overland Park, Kansas, United States
    This state-of-the-science conference is the culmination of four years of translational research designed to enhance full community participation by people with disabilities. Researchers with the Research and Training Center on Measurement and Interdependence in Community Living (RTC/MICL) have used multiple methods and measures to discover, assess and intervene in both personal and environmental factors related to community participation. The conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, consumers, service providers and advocates of independent living to explore the latest findings in the areas of independent living, health care, measurement processes and outcomes, participation and access for people with disabilities (physical accessibility, access to services), advocacy, rehabilitation, administration, and related topics. They will discuss results, obstacles and the next steps. [More Information on Community Participation by People with Disabilities: "How Do We Measure Up?”]

  21. 2010 International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
    July 21, 2010 to July 23, 2010 in Shanghai, China
    i-CREATe 2010 is dedicated to the promotion of assistive technologies that improve the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities. Sponsored by the Health Technology Exchange, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Jockey Club Rehabilitation Engineering Centre and Clinic, the conference will provide a platform to address current and future development in these areas. The title of i-CREATe 2010 is "Travel, Employment, Education, Leisure and Sports." This event will be attended by leaders from various fields of assistive technology, service delivery, research and development funding agencies and policymakers, researchers, therapists, and practitioners. [More Information on 2010 International Convention for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology]

  22. 2010 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence
    September 7, 2010 to September 10, 2010 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    The 2010 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (ICADI) will focus on approaches to support people as they age to maintain independence in daily living at home, at work and in the community. [More Information on 2010 International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence]

  23. 2009 Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology
    August 26, 2009 to August 28, 2009 in Tokorozawa, Japan
    The 24th annual JCAART, sponsored by RESJA, will feature presentation and interactive demonstrations and discussions of the latest research and development in the field of rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology. [More Information on 2009 Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology]

  24. RESNA 2009 Annual Conference
    June 23, 2009 to June 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
    The RESNA Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule (to be announced at a later date) will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on RESNA 2009 Annual Conference]

  25. 2008 International Conference on Low Vision (VISION 2008)
    July 7, 2008 to July 11, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    The theme of VISION 2008 is "Research-Rehabilitation Partnerships," conveying a multidisciplinary approach to low vision rehabiitation. The conference will feature plenary and concurrent sessions during which distinguished academics, researchers, and practitioners will present the results of their work on vision science research, services of rehabilitation and psychosocial aspects of vision impairment. Presentations will be in the format of symposia, continuing education courses and oral and poster presentations. [More Information on 2008 International Conference on Low Vision (VISION 2008)]

  26. Recent Advances in Assistive Technology and Engineering (RAATE) 2007
    November 26, 2007 to November 27, 2007 in Sheffield, United Kingdom
    RAATE 2007 will focus on the latest innovations in assistive technology. The conference program will include new technological developments, service innovations, results of formal research projects, service-based research and development, and a wide range of other topics. [More Information on Recent Advances in Assistive Technology and Engineering (RAATE) 2007]

  27. RESNA 2008 Annual Conference
    June 26, 2008 to June 30, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia, United States
    The RESNA Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology and disability issues in general. The conference schedule (to be announced at a later date) will include workshops and plenary sessions. Mixed in are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). [More Information on RESNA 2008 Annual Conference]

  28. 2007 American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 61st Annual Meeting
    October 10, 2007 to October 13, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    This year's American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine meeting provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of new knowledge, ideas and educational information between participants from all disciplines involved in the prevention, diagnosis and care of children with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. [More Information on 2007 American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine 61st Annual Meeting ]

  29. RESNA 2007 Annual Conference: Many Disciplines, One AT Family
    June 15, 2007 to June 18, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    The RESNA Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and companies who share a common interest in technology and disability. It begins with two days of Instructional Courses plus the popular Fundamentals Course in Assistive Technology on Friday, June 15 – Saturday, June 16. The main portion of the conference begins with the Keynote Presentation by Gary Karp on Saturday evening (June 16), followed by the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Workshops and plenary sessions begin on Sunday morning and continue through Tuesday afternoon, June 19. Mixed in with the packed schedule are dozens of meetings of committees, SIGs (shared interest groups) and PSGs (professional specialty groups). Members are welcome to attend any in which you have an interest. [More Information on RESNA 2007 Annual Conference: Many Disciplines, One AT Family]

  30. Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology 2007 Conference
    October 3, 2007 to October 5, 2007 in San Sebastian, Spain
    AAATE is pleased to invite you to the 9th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2007, which will be held on October 3rd-5th in San Sebastian on the northern coast of Spain. Challenges such as New Technologies, Socio-Economic Issues, Evidence based Practice, Universal Design and Aging will be tackled by invited expert speakers in plenary sessions and contributions from the global Assistive Technology research community will be presented in focused parallel sessions. The conference will combine the core scientific and technological activity in the field with commercial and social aspects, bringing A.T. research applications near to industry and end users. In conjunction of the conference, AAATE 2007 will also offer an industrial exhibition featuring the latest innovations in A.T. [More Information on Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology 2007 Conference]

  31. 2007 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
    June 13, 2007 to June 15, 2007 in Noordwijk, Netherlands
    ICORR 2007 will highlight the most recent advances in rehabilitation robotics and their relevance to end users. The conference will be focused on the following topics: assistive robotics; therapy robotics; orthoses and exoskeletons; user interfaces and (brain) control; socially interactive robotics; robotic environments and companions; evaluation and user experience; and biorobotics and biomimetics. To celebrate ICORR's 10th anniversary, a special symposium will be added to the conference dedicated to formulating a roadmap on fundamental issues and future research directions. [More Information on 2007 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics]

  32. Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation 2006 National Conference
    July 20, 2006 to July 22, 2006 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States
    The Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation will host its biannual National Conference at the Omaha (NE) Hilton and the Qwest Convention Center. The meeting brings together families with children affected by OI and professionals to discuss the daily living and medical issues faced by people with this rare disorder. [More Information on Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation 2006 National Conference]

  33. 19th Annual Research Conference on ­A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
    February 22, 2006 to February 25, 2006 in Tampa, Florida, United States
    This annual conference is a nationally recognized forum to explore contemporary, empirical research on systems of care that promote the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families. Innovative methods presented at prior conferences have been utilized in practice and policy, creating a framework of best practices to improve the way communities address the mental health needs of children and their families. This event is designed for researchers, evaluators, administrators, policy makers, advocates, and family members interested in applied practical systems-of-care research. [More Information on 19th Annual Research Conference on ­A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base]

  34. RESNA 27th International Conference
    June 18, 2004 to June 22, 2004 in Orlando, Florida, United States
    RESNA's 27th International Conference on Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy will take place at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Rehabilitation engineers and assistive technology professionals are invited to attend to share their experiences, collaborate with colleagues and attend a variety of learning sessions. [More Information on RESNA 27th International Conference]

  35. Vision 2005 London
    April 4, 2005 to April 8, 2005 in London, United Kingdom
    Vision 2005 London will take place April 4-8 2005 in London, UK. The conference, one of the largest on issues concerning people with sight problems, is sponsored by the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation and hosted by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). [More Information on Vision 2005 London]

  36. Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)
    March 24, 2004 to March 27, 2004 in Banff, Alberta, Canada
    The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) is hosting their 2004 Annual Meeting from March 24-27 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Participants, including physicians, prosthetists, orthotists, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, will hear from experts presenting case lectures, research papers, creative solutions, management problems, and prosthetic and orthotic needs. [More Information on Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)]

  37. CSUN 2004 Technology and Persons with Disabilities
    March 15, 2004 to March 20, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, United States
    The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge presents "Technology and Persons with Disabilities" from March 15-20, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport and Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotels. A pre-registration brochure with complete information about the conference will be available in early January 2004. [More Information on CSUN 2004 Technology and Persons with Disabilities]

  38. Conference on Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities
    March 5, 2004 to March 6, 2004 in New York, New York, United States
    The New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is hosting their 31st annual Conference on Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities on March 5-6, 2004 in midtown New York City. The conference showcases products and programs in conjunction with 100 sessions on the state of research and practice in the field of dyslexia and related learning disabilities. [More Information on Conference on Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities]

  39. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
    February 29, 2004 to March 3, 2004 in Tampa, Florida, United States
    The Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health will hosts its 17th annual conference, a System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, will be held February 29-March 3, 2004. The Center's Annual Research Conference is nationally recognized for creating a forum to explore contemporary, empirical research on systems of care that promote the emotional and behavioral well being of children and their families. Innovative methods presented at prior conferences have been utilized in practice and policy, weaving a web of best practices to be applied to improving the way communities address the mental health needs of children and their families. [More Information on Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health]

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  1. Wireless RERC Wants to Hear from You on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities
    Feb 12, 2013
    The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) is asking for individuals to take an online survey on emergency communications and people with disabilities. Emergency communications generally include two main components: 1) contacting emergency response services (911 services) for help, and 2) receiving public emergency alerts for events like severe weather and other natural events, amber alerts for missing children, and other emergencies. The Wireless RERC conducted this survey once before almost two years ago, and they are conducting it again because the technology is changing so rapidly and new government rules are being implemented. New to this version of the survey is the inclusion of a question for the respondent to identify if he/she is a caregiver. In this way, the RERC hopes to collect data on the caregiver experience as it relates to emergency communications technologies and behaviors, as well as the experiences of individuals with disabilities. The data will be of great interest to regulatory authorities and other professionals working to improve emergency response and disaster relief for people with disabilities. As an incentive for taking the survey, the Wireless RERC will be giving away two $100 Amazon gift certificates to two lucky respondents. [More Information on Wireless RERC Wants to Hear from You on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities]

  2. Post-Doctoral Fellowship Available in Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement
    Jan 18, 2013
    The Boston University School of Public Health's Rehabilitation Outcomes Center has received funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to offer a post-doctoral training fellowship program in rehabilitation outcomes measurement research. The dynamic program focuses on recent innovations in outcome measurement such as computer adaptive testing for patient reported outcomes, advances in performance-based outcome measures, and technological developments that have allowed the creation of sophisticated instrumented outcome measures. To apply, submit a packet to Mary Slavin, PT PhD (mslavin@bu.edu) that contains the following information: Educational background; professional & previous research experience; narrative statement of career goals, reasons for seeking admission to the fellowship program; rehabilitation outcomes measurement research interest areas; list of publications and a copy of one scientific writing sample; and 3 professional references. [More Information on Post-Doctoral Fellowship Available in Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement]

  3. HHS Launches Challenge for Development of Accessible Electronic Health Record
    Apr 25, 2012
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has announced the EHR Accessibility Module Challenge. This contest asks multidisciplinary teams to create and test a module or application that makes it easy for consumers with disabilities to access and interact with the information stored in their Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The application should:
    • Be easy for individuals with disabilities to consume and interact with their health data
    • Be simple to install and learn to use
    • Identify and link to relevant local or online communities and organizations
    • Be able to download data from one or more EHR systems – it does not need to be fully integrated across all systems
    • Leverage and extend NwHIN standards and services including, but not limited to, transport (direct, web services), content (Transitions of Care, CCD/CCR), and standardized vocabularies.

    The first place prize is $60,000.00 and an opportunity to demonstrate the application at a health IT conference. Entries are due on July 23, 2012. [More Information on HHS Launches Challenge for Development of Accessible Electronic Health Record]

  4. Grants for Research on Disability Determination Process Available
    Apr 18, 2012
    Applications are now available for the Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program for Graduate Research. This program supports supervised independent research by graduate-level students on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of disability determination processes. It is funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and managed by Policy Research, Inc. (PRI) of Delmar, NY. Successful applications will receive a stipend of $10,000 for a one-year project. The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate student receives from his or her university or research organization. Applicants must be master’s, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2012) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs, including public health, social work, economics, occupational medicine, vocational and rehabilitation counseling, public policy and administration, sociology, psychology, education, medicine, and law. The application deadline is May 31, 2012. [More Information on Grants for Research on Disability Determination Process Available ]

  5. Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Funding Opportunities for FY 2012
    Mar 20, 2012
    Congress provided $3.8 million to the Department of Defense's Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP). This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The MSRP challenges the scientific community to design innovative research relevant to the prevention, etiology, pathogenesis, assessment, and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). The vision of the MSRP is to prevent the occurrence, cure, reverse, or slow the progression, and lessen the personal and societal impact of MS. The FY12 MSRP specifically encourages applications that address critical needs of the MS community including - pathophysiological basis of disease progression; gene-environment interactions in MS; and technological development of hardware and/or software instruments for clinical research data capture and modeling. Applications must be submitted through the federal government's single-entry portal, Grants.gov. [More Information on Department of Defense Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Funding Opportunities for FY 2012]

  6. You Can Participate in Study on Computer Accommodations at Work
    Jul 26, 2011
    The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations, working with Fordham University and Microsoft, is conducting a research study to explore how employees with disabilities successfully age in the workplace. This project will specifically identify strategies used to accommodate difficulties with both hardware and software. The researchers are currently asking people with disabilities who use a computer at work to share their experiences in a survey. Please go to the website below if you wish to take part in this study. The survey should take approximately 15 to 30 minutes. For more information on the research study, go to http://www.workplacererc.org/Projects/aging_workers.php. [More Information on You Can Participate in Study on Computer Accommodations at Work]

  7. Personal Assistance Service Users Surveyed on Emergency Preparedness
    Jul 06, 2011
    The Center on Disability at the Public Health Institute, working with the Center for Personal Assistance Services at the University of California San Francisco, is conducting a research study to determine promising practices in preparing for emergencies among individuals with disabilities who use personal assistance services (PAS). If you use PAS and have been through an emergency or disaster, they would like to hear about your experiences. Please go to the website below to describe your experiences. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes. Each person who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for which 5 individuals will each win a $50 gift card. Please contact Lewis Kraus, Project Director, with any questions at deputy@adapacific.org. For help completing the survey, call 510-285-5600. [More Information on Personal Assistance Service Users Surveyed on Emergency Preparedness]

  8. University of Michigan Launches Disability Survey
    May 12, 2011
    Researchers as the University of Michigan invite people with disabilities throughout the U.S. to complete a short online survey about how people with disabilities view their lives and the society in which they live. The survey typically takes 5 minutes to complete. It will be be available until June 30. If you have questions about the survey, please contact the Michigan research team at Rottenstein.Lab@umich.edu. [More Information on University of Michigan Launches Disability Survey]

  9. Emergency Preparedness Survey
    Dec 22, 2010
    The Shepherd Center in Atlanta is conducting research on the use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities. They need volunteers to take an online survey before December 31, 2010. The survey is brief and you will be entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate. [More Information on Emergency Preparedness Survey]

  10. Danish Study Seeks Opinions on Tongue Interface Systems
    Nov 01, 2007
    Aalborg University in Denmark is conducting a research project to develop an inductive tongue-control system ( http://www.smi.auc.dk/~naja/TCS.html). The project seeks to determine the most efficient tongue interfacing methods for people with movement disabilities, including the optimal mouse/keyboard layout, text entry system, command strategies, and design, with which people with severe physical disabilities can control electronic devices, including computers. Their researchers are currently conducting a survey to get consumers' opinions on the current interfacing system that they use and their thoughts on addition and enhancements that might improve the functionality and usability of the system. This survey will help the research team to design a better and more efficient tongue control interface. Click on the link below to take part in the survey. [More Information on Danish Study Seeks Opinions on Tongue Interface Systems]

  11. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision
    Jun 27, 2003
    The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision is creating a database to aid in the collection of data for its research on the issues facing people who have a sensory loss then develop another type of sensory loss after age 55 (i.e. deafness then blindness). The RRTC is developing of list of people with dual sensory loss who they can contact to ask about these people's experiences and strategies for meeting the challenges posed by dual sensory loss. [More Information on Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Blindness and Low Vision ]

  12. Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology
    Apr 03, 2003
    Marion Hersh and Gloria Moss are conducting a pilot study on the extent to which inter-disciplinary research in the fields of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering. Marion is a lecturer in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She works on assistive technology for deaf, blind and deafblind people, as well as issues relating to technology and ethics. Gloria is a free-lance researcher, based in London, England. There is some evidence that the nature of assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering encourage interdisciplinary work. They are therefore using this questionnaire to investigate the extent to which interdisciplinary work does in fact take place in these fields, any barriers and good practice. This questionnaire is both confidential and anonymous. All data will be kept securely and only statistical data will be published. They would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes answering the questionnaire. It should not take more than 20 minutes. Unfortunately they cannot offer a reward ­ just the knowledge that you will be contributing to better understanding of the research process in assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering and the development of good practice. They hope to present the preliminary results of this work at the AAATE Conference in Dublin and would therefore be particularly grateful for speedy replies as the deadline for paper submission is 18 April 2003. However, they hope to produce a longer version of this paper for journal publication and will therefore also welcome later replies. [More Information on Questionnaire on Inter-disciplinary Work in the Area of Assistive Technology]

  13. 3rd edition of Funding Guide for Standing Technology
    Nov 01, 2002
    Altimate Medical Inc. has published a new 3rd edition of Funding Guide for Standing Technology. This publication assists with the process of assessment and the written letter of medical necessity for standing frames, as well as other assistive technology. The new edition also includes research studies, articles, and reference lists. The publication is available without charge in print or on CD-ROM from Altimate Medical at 800-342-8968, or you can download it for free (after registering) from Altimate's Web site. [More Information on 3rd edition of Funding Guide for Standing Technology]

  14. CAST Moves to Wakefield, Mass
    Oct 30, 2002
    CAST, Inc., a Boston-area non-profit organization known for its innovative approach to teaching and curriculum development, has moved to new offices in Wakefield, MA. "We always wanted to make sure that people had access to the ideas and feedback of others in the organization," say David Rose, "but we have outgrown our present space. This move will bring our work environment back in line with what we believe is most supportive to producing high quality educational research and technology design." [More Information on CAST Moves to Wakefield, Mass]

  15. National Public Radio's Public Interest Airs Show on Multiple Sclerosis
    Dec 07, 2000
    A panel of MS researchers and doctors discuss the latest advances to combat multiple sclerosis. The panel consisted of Dr. John Richert, Georgetown University Hospital; Dr. Henry McFarland, Chief, Neuroimmunology Branch of the National Institutes of Health; Charles Riley, Editor of We Media Magazine; David Lander, an actor afflicted with MS. Public Interest airs from WAMU in Washington, D.C. You can hear a recording of the show over the Internet using RealPlayer.recording of the one-hour show can be accessed from http://www.wamu.org/ram/2000/p2001206.ram. [More Information on National Public Radio's Public Interest Airs Show on Multiple Sclerosis]

  16. Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)
    Jan 10, 2000
    The Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE) is in the process of developing a free international research database that will be operational by May 2000. Users will be able to locate research in their field by country through the CIRRIE website (http://cirrie.buffalo.edu). This database will provide valuable assistance to U.S. rehabilitation research conference organizers, funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), who are trying to establish an international component within domestic conferences by involving eminent colleagues from other countries. Similarly, CIRRIE will assist research organizations in other countries to sponsor rehabilitation experts from the U.S. to speak at their conferences. In both cases, CIRRIE will provide airfare, while the hosting institution will be responsible for meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. CIRRIE also supports the use of tele-conferencing to enable researchers in the U.S. to present at conferences in other conferences, and vice versa. CIRRIE support is available for visits related to planning, conducting, or preparing research, lecturing, providing technical assistance, and similar forms of collaboration. The CIRRIE website will provide an electronic bulletin board and discussion groups (Rehab Talk) on the various areas of rehabilitation research, providing a forum for researchers from the U.S. to remain engaged with researchers in other countries on a regular basis. Further information on all of CIRRIE programs, including the Travel Grant Application Form, can be found on CIRRE's website. Hard copies of CIRRIE materials or materials in alternate formats are available upon request. If you are interested in an application, or further information about any CIRRIE programs, please contact: CIRRIE State University of New York at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology 515 Kimball Tower Buffalo, New York 14214-3079 Phone 716/829-3141 ext. 149. Fax: 716/829-3217. E-mail: pipitone@acsu.buffalo.edu [More Information on Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)]

  17. University of Louisville Conducts Survey on Improving Bus Access and Safety
    Jan 01, 1900
    Wheelchair and scooter users, their family members, and aids are invited by the University of Louisville to take a survey to share ramp-related problems they have experienced on public transit buses. Responses will be used to develop new ramp design guidelines and improve the accessibility, usability, and safety of bus ramps. All responses are anonymous. This survey is part of a research study funded by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research. [More Information on University of Louisville Conducts Survey on Improving Bus Access and Safety]

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