The Georgia Institute of Technology, in partnership with Georgia State University, the University of Texas, Arlington, the Shepherd Center and other stakeholders, has established a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (WIT RERC).
The mission of the RERC for Wireless Inclusive Technologies
"To integrate emerging wirelessly connected devices, sensors and services with established wireless technologies for a transformative future where individuals with disabilities achieve independence, improved quality of life, and enhanced community participation.
Through an agenda of research, development, training and outreach activities, successful innovations will connect, engage, and accelerate access to a dynamic inclusive wireless ecosystem.
- To create and promote inclusive wireless technologies that improve the ability of individuals with disabilities to independently perform activities of their choice now, and in a fully engaged and all-inclusive future
- Work with industry, government, and disability stakeholders to raise awareness and champion adoption of accessible solutions for wirelessly connected technologies.
Anticipated outcomes include:
- Consumers with disabilities will directly inform the development of wireless devices and services.
- An increase in social connectedness of individuals with disabilities (including those with intellectual and development disabilities) across varied environments.
- Incorporation of universal design elements to inform cultural and social design of current and future wirelessly connected devices and sensors.
- The adoption of regulatory policies that increase accessible emergency alerts over multiple platforms.
The expected products include consumers with disabilities in product development, adoption of inclusive wireless products in wearables, apps, auditory devices; publications; knowledge translation; technology transfer; and outreach to stakeholders.
Contact: Helena Mitchell, PhD, 404.385.4640 or Helena@cacp.gatech.edu