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Pitt researchers receive grant to explore wireless technology for people with disabilities

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We use voice commands for smart devices in our cars, homes and offices to turn on lights, send text messages or call someone. For people with disabilities who require assistance completing daily activities, wireless technologies can improve their ability to control their environment and quality of life — but implementing these systems remains a challenge.  

To help overcome these obstacles, the University of Pittsburgh has received a six-year, $4.6 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and the Administration for Community Living to create a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC). 

Many of the project’s key investigators are affiliated with the Human Engineering Research Laboratories — a partnership between VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.  

Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will host the RERC, to be named PROMISE: Promoting Mainstream Wireless Inclusion through Technology Services. Researchers hope to improve accessibility and promote mainstream wireless inclusion through technology services.  

Read more about the team.