Monday, September 30th, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $4.6 million in grants to five institutions for research aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities. These grants are being awarded under the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC) program. Advanced research will be conducted through engineering and technical means designed to apply technology, scientific achievement, and psychological and social knowledge to solve problems and remove barriers.
The grants include:
- The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System -- $925,000.
- Regents of the University of Michigan -- $923,442
- Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) - -- $924,937
- Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) - -- $924,939
- Carnegie Mellon University - -- $923,878
The RERC program has also developed a variety of products to help people with disabilities over the years which include:
- Accessible kiosks
- Voting booths
- ATM machines
- “talking signs” for the blind
- hand-held hearing screening devices
The U.S. Department of Education will administer these grants through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).