Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation


The only research center of its kind, we are applying informatics technology to develop an accessible, scalable, cost-effective open, extensible and secure infrastructure to connect service providers, rehabilitation applications and consumers. At the RERC on Telerehabilitation, we investigate the value and effectiveness of rehabilitation services delivered to consumers in their homes, workplaces and communities. The RERC TR aims at extending the reach of rehabilitation systems to meet the needs of people with disabilities through incorporating capacity building projects in areas such as cognitive and vocational rehabilitation and prevention and management of secondary conditions. Our research is funded by NIDRR, Department of Education, Grant #H133E090002.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.