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RERC on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities

An interdisciplinary collaboration with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge) is a collaborative grant center based at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Founded in 2013, TechSAge features multidisciplinary research, development, and training projects that are dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term disabilities. 

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Georgia Tech Alumni magazine takes a look at life at Georgia Tech before and after the Americans with Disabilities Act. The article, featuring our very own Liz Persaud, highlights historical progress toward inclusion and accessibility for students and staff on campus. Persaud is quoted, "Our students see that a person with a disability also has a brain, a personality, and similar interests in common...They’re valuable and they have something to say and, you know, let’s have smart, intelligent conversations about changing the world together.” Read the full article.

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Featured Article:

Little is known about the everyday activity challenges people aging with long-term mobility disabilities experience. To effectively design technologies that support these individuals, we must have an in-depth, contextual understanding of their unique activity support needs. A new TechSAge article in Disability and Health Journal explores the specific challenges people aging with mobility disabilities face in carrying out a wide range of daily activities in the home and community as well as the responses they employ to overcome these challenges. Learn more about findings from the Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) study in the article by Koon, Remillard, Mitzner, and Rogers. Full article available upon request.

*This article was recently highlighted in Research In Focus: A Weekly Digest of New Research from the NIDILRR Community.

Roshanak Khaleghi

Staff Spotlight:

Roshanak Khaleghi is an Industrial Engineering doctoral student at Illinois, where her research focuses on modeling and control of multi-component systems with event-driven dynamics. As a member of TechSAge team, she assists with usability assessments of technology solutions/applications that can be integrated with Amazon Alexa to address the needs of older adults in controlling their home environment and maintaining their routine health activities. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, taking rides through Champaign-Urbana with her bike and taking nature photos.

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TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number #90REGE0006-01-00 ).  NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
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