Who We Are
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations is a national center funded
by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), part of the U.S. Department of
Education. The Work RERC is housed at Georgia Tech, and is part of the Center for Assistive Technology &
Environmental Access (CATEA). Other key collaborators include Syracuse University, the University of Colorado,
and the University of Pittsburgh.
Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA), Georgia Institute of Technology
The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access is a multidisciplinary research and technical
assistance center within Georgia Tech's College of Architecture that provides support to individuals with
disabilities. CATEA’s primary focus is on: 1) development, evaluation, and utilization of AT and 2) design
and development of accessible environments. CATEA’s staff represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds including
engineering, ID, architecture, rehab counseling, information and education architecture, OT, speech-language
pathology, and media. In addition to housing the Work RERC, CATEA houses the Wheeled Mobility RERC, the
assistivetech.net/ATWiki assistive technology websites, and various projects on access to information technology and
accessible distance education.
For more information on CATEA, visit http://www.catea.org.
Other Departments at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Center for Advanced Communications Policy
- College of Architecture / Industrial Design Department
- College of Computing
Burton Blatt Institute (BBI), Syracuse University
The Burton Blatt Institute, located at Syracuse University and with offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and
New York City, is perhaps the premier organization to advance civic, economic, and social participation of
people with disabilities through inclusive education, workforce, and communities. BBI includes interwoven
centers, including a state-of-the-art survey center, which will be used in RERC research. BBI is affiliated
with 12 nationally-recognized Centers including JAN, which will collaborate on the RERC research, and the
SEDBTAC which is a collaborative effort with CATEA.
For more information on BBI, visit http://bbi.syr.edu/.
RERC for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT), University of Colorado
The RERC for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies, located at Assistive Technology Partners (ATP), in
the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, is the
nation’s first Center to conduct research and development on AT for people with cognitive disabilities. ATP
provides world-class research and development activities, outreach and direct services, and educational
opportunities. The ATP facilities include seven laboratories for AT evaluations, trainings, course- and
lab-work by students, and new product design, development, and testing. ATP also houses a $1.6 million
statewide AT loan-bank.
For more information on the RERC-ACT, visit http://www.rerc-act.org/.
RERC on Telerehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh
The RERC on Telerehabilitation serves people with disabilities by researching and developing methods,
systems, and technology that support remote delivery of rehabilitation and home health services for people who
have limited local access to comprehensive medical rehabilitation outpatient and community-based services.
Research and development activities are in the areas of telerehabilitation infrastructure and architecture,
clinical assessment modeling, tele-assessment for the promotion of communication function in children with
disabilities, remote wheeled mobility assessment, behavioral monitoring and job coaching in vocational
rehabilitation, and remote accessibility assessment of the built environment.
For more information on the RERC on Telerehabilitation, visit http://www.rerctr.pitt.edu/.