Category Archives: Research Centers

universalising design


Rob Imrie has been awarded a three year Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council, to the value of €853,000, to investigate the role and relevance of universal design. The research is a collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London and the Open University.

National Center on Accessibility


The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.

NCA was established through a cooperative agreement between Indiana University and the National Park Service.  Over the last two decades, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities.

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute


Our mission is to create a unique environment for research on human vision — basic scientific research to increase the understanding of normal vision in support of vision disorders, clinical research to develop new diagnostic procedures and treatments for visual and other sensory disorders, and engineering research to produce better techniques for aid and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Workplace Accommodations


The RERC on Workplace Accommodations identifies, develops and promotes new assistive and universally designed technologies that maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace. A primary focus of the Workplace RERC 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.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Technology Increasing Knowledge: Technology Optimizing Choice (RERC TIKTOC)


TIKTOC’s mission is to focus on collecting data and information that will enable the development of useable and accessible technology. The technology will be developed with the main objective of supporting and enhancing health self-management skills and independence based on individual healthcare needs. The goal of these projects will focus on developing and implementing technology to optimize and support the self-management of personal healthcare and independence of individuals with physical, cognitive, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.