Universal Design

Produced by RERC TechSAge, the DRRP on UD in the workplace, & Tools for Life, this video series explores the 7 Principles of Universal Design and how they can be applied to products, interfaces and spaces to make for designs that are usable by all people to the greatest extent possible. The series covers each principle individually and offer examples to those wishing to learn more about the UD Principles.

  1. Laying the Foundation for Universal Design
  2. Principles of Universal Design
  3. Equitable Use
  4. Flexibility in Use
  5. Simple and Intuitive Use
  6. Perceptible Information
  7. Tolerance for Error
  8. Low Physical Effort
  9. Size and Space for Approach and Use

Amazon Echo Basic Uses

The Amazon Echo Basic Uses video playlist was developed in partnership with Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology (CHART) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. These videos include guidance on helpful voice controls for weather, new, reminders, and more.


American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference (Virtual; October 23, 2020)


TechSAge Symposium presentation at the 2020 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference (virtual).

Presentations include: Understanding Everyday Activity Challenges for Individuals Aging with Multiple Sclerosis (Wendy Rogers); Developing a Gait Speed Measurement Solution for the Clinical Workflow (Brian Jones); Tele Tai Chi: Lessons Learned and Initial Findings from Deploying a Remote, Evidence-Based Exercise Intervention (Tracy Mitzner); SmartBathroom: Assessing Toilet Transfers with Different User-Selected Grab Bar Configurations (Harshal Mahajan); Fall Management Strategies for Wheelchair Users (Laura Rice)

Principles of Accessible Design - Panel Presentation at the 12th Annual Georgia Tech DIVERSITY Symposium (Virtual; September 9, 2020)

The 12th annual Georgia Tech Diversity Symposium, 'Understanding Accessibility as Inclusion: Georgia Tech's Pathway to Accessibility,' included a panel presentation on the Principles of Accessible Design. The panel featured TechSAge Co-Director, Jon Sanford, presenting “Design for Diversity: Design for One or Design for All”.

  • Presenters:
    • Carrie Bruce, Senior Research Scientist; Research Director, MS-HCI Program 
    • Jon Sanford, Professor, School of Industrial Design
    • Marisol Wong-Villacres, Doctoral Student, Human-Centered Computing

TechSAge State of the Science Conference (March 27, 2017)

  • Aging & Technology - Invited presentation by Andrew Sixsmith, Ph.D.,Scientific Director, AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence; Professor, Department of Gerontology, Simon Fraser University.
  • Human Autonomy through Robotics Autonomy - Invited presentation by Brenna Argall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Robotics, Northwestern University; Research Scientist, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
  • Personal Technology Track Panel - Invited panel presentations at the TechSAge State of the Science Conference (March 28, 2017) by Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., Kesh Kesavadas, Ph.D. & Beth Mynatt, Ph.D.
  • Environmental Technology Track Panel - Invited panel presentations by Mary Blumberg, M.S., Wayne Li, Ph.D., & Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Research on Everyday Support Needs of Deaf Seniors

TechSAge Welcome Message in American Sign Language (ASL)

Fulton County TV (FGTV) Connect: Social Isolation

Ted Talk: Henry Evans & Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity.

  • Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage — and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called Robots for Humanity, help him live his life. He shows off a nimble little quadrotor drone, created by a team led by Chad Jenkins, that gives him the ability to navigate space — to once again look around a garden, stroll a campus … (Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.) 

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