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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. 

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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.

Widya Ramadhani

Staff Spotlight:

Widya A. Ramadhani is a doctoral student in the Illinois School of Architecture and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Human Factors and Aging Lab. With TechSAge, Widya has been involved in developing instructional protocols for setting up and using the Amazon Echo products and other related environmental technologies and applications. Her research interest lies in the intersection of architecture, gerontology, human behavior, health, and well-being. Learn more about Widya.

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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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