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Research and Development Project Update of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for AAC

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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC) is a 5-year collaborative center, recently funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The RERC on AAC partners will discuss our progress through Years 1 and 2.

Three critical areas for rehabilitation science and engineering are examined in seven research and development projects that relate to three core areas. They are: (1) Access: Investigation and development of new access techniques (i.e., brain computer interface and multimodal techniques) to achieve more efficient and effective access for individuals with CCN who have severe motor impairments. (2) Language support technologies: Investigation and invention of AAC technologies to support language use and communication for individuals with CCN who have significant language, cognitive, and /or motor limitations; and (3) Human computer interfaces (HCI): Investigation of techniques to decrease the cognitive processing demands of AAC human computer interfaces and development of tools to improve the person-technology match to enhance communication performance of individuals with CCN.

Training and dissemination projects will also be discussed.
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Author(s):

Janice Light    
Pennsylvania State University
United States

Melanie Fried-Oken    
Oregon Health and Sciences University
United States

David McNaughton    
Pennsylvania State University
United States

David Beukelman    
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
United States

Susan Fager    
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
United States

Tom Jakobs    
Invotek, Inc.
United States

 

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