Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC)
To research, evaluate and develop innovative wireless technologies and products that meet the needs and improve the quality of life and community participation of individuals with disabilities.
Funded since 2001, the research, development and training projects of the center have been designed to take advantage of the expertise of the collaborating partners -- Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center -- in human factors, Universal Design, participatory research, technology policy, advanced technology and engineering research, and their understanding of issues affecting people with disabilities. CACP in collaboration with Shepherd Center manages the operation of two research projects, two technology development projects, and three training, outreach and capacity building projects. Following the third 5-year grant cycle, CACP in partnership with Shepherd Center was awarded $4.75 million in 2011 for a third round of funding. CACP’s Director, Helena Mitchell, PhD, is Co-Director and Principal Investigator for the Wireless RERC. CACP’s Director of Communications Studies, James White, PhD, is the former Wireless RERC Project Director and Salimah LaForce is the Research Analyst. The projects represented by CACP staff are below.
The Wireless RERC is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education, grant # H133E060061.