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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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The Georgia Tech Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion hosted its 12th annual Georgia Tech Diversity SymposiumUnderstanding Accessibility as Inclusion: Georgia Tech's Pathway to Accessibility. The symposium featured a dynamic panel conversation on "awareness of accessibility" featuring our team member, Liz Persaud. The symposium also featured a presentation by TechSAge Co-Director Jon Sanford on accessible design. Advisory board member, John Rempel, was also awarded the Diversity Champion Staff Award. 

Man using walker in kitchen

Featured Article:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects roughly 2.3 million individuals worldwide – many of whom experience walking impairments. Many traditional measures to quantify walking, such as self-reports and in-lab observations and performance tests, do not fully characterize walking in the real-world. Wearable technology may provide a solution to the limitations of current clinical and lab-based measures for people with MS. A new review article by grad student Mikaela Frechette, Dr. Jake Sosnoff & colleagues in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, finds that wearable technology has the ability to provide objective, comprehensive, and sensitive measures of gait in people with MS by enabling easy and continuous remote gait quality monitoring that can take place outside a typical lab. Read the full article by Frechette, Meyer, Tulipani, Gurchiek, McGinnis, & Sosnoff. Mikaela was granted her MS in Kinesiology (May 2020) for her thesis entitled “The validity, reliability, and sensitivity of a smartphone-based seated postural control assessment in wheelchair users”, as part of the SteadyWheels project.

Alex Fliflet

Staff Spotlight:

Alex Fliflet is a master’s student in the Department of Kinesiology at Illinois and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Disability, Participation, and Quality of Life Lab. On TechSAge, Alex is working on the Monitoring and Managing Falls project, assisting with research and development of a falls detection device and alert system for wheelchair users. He has been actively involved creating the protocol, running the fall trials, and analyzing data. Learn more about Alex. 

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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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