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Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

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 vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.

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Stretch Robot Pitch Competition

Student Competition at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: The Stretch Robot Pitch Competition, sponsored by TechSAge RERC, in collaboration with Hello Robot Inc and Procter & Gamble, is seeking innovative hardware or software solutions to support individuals aging with disabilities by using the Stretch robot. Stretch is an open source mobile manipulator with reaching, grasping, and sensing capabilities to support people with a wide range of tasks. Submit your concept by 11/19. Cash prizes & more!

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Transportation Challenges: Aging with Mobility Disability

Many individuals aging with mobility disability lack access to adequate transportation, which can hinder their ability to fully participate in society. A new TechSAge article in Disability & Health Journal presents detailed insights on the challenges persons aging with mobility disability experience utilizing both public and private modes of transportation, from buses, to paratransit, to rideshare services like Uber. Data are presented along with recent U.S. federal policies and programs designed to enhance transportation access and mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. To identify policy gaps and opportunities to improve transportation services for this population, researchers explore how consumer-level challenges compare to agency-level barriers in delivering transportation services at the state and local levels. Read the full open access article by Remillard, Campbell, Koon, & Rogers. 

Latest Publications

The Validity, Reliability, and Sensitivity

of a Smartphone-based Seated Postural Control Assessment in Wheelchair Users

Design for One is Design for All

The Past, Present, and Future of Universal Design as a Strategy for Ageing-in-Place with Disability

Defining Aging in Place:

The Intersectionality of Space, Person, and Time.
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Staff Spotlight: Renee Alnoubani

Renee Alnoubani is an undergraduate Civil Engineering student at Georgia Tech. She is a research assistant at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation and supports the TechSAge ACCESS study, which explores the everyday challenges of older adults with long-term disabilities. In this role, she is actively involved with screening, administering questionnaires, and interviewing for participants with vision loss due to macular degeneration or glaucoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, meeting people from different countries, being outside as much as possible, and watching the sunrise every morning.

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Become a Research Participant!

We maintain a registry of names of people who are interested in being contacted about research studies. Opportunities include: surveys, focus groups, interviews, and technology evaluations. Depending on the study, you may be able to participate on the phone, online, on campus, at your home, or in other locations.

Interested in joining? We need to ask a you a few questions about yourself to see which studies you might be eligible for and match your interests with our researchers. Complete the brief survey (5-10 minutes) online here:

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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).