Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT)

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RERC-ACT is the nation’s first Center to conduct research and development on assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities. Twelve universities and private companies throughout the United States are involved in projects that will improve the lives of people with cognitive disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and Alzheimer’s disease.

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.