Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center


The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies (RERC-ACT) is the nation’s first center to conduct research and development of assistive technologies for people with cognitive disabilities.

The RERC-ACT includ​es research and development projects, training activities, and the dissemination of informational materials. Twelve universities and private companies throughout the United States are involved in projects that will improve the lives of people with cognitive disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, and dementia.

Funding is provid​ed by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Grant #H133E090003, within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


The RERC-ACT III is focused on improving employment opportunities for persons with cognitive disabilities. With the exception of project R1, our Product Testing Lab, we will target working age adults with IDD. We have targeted working age adults with TBI for the R1 project as we are ready to begin comparing previous results (persons with IDD) with another sub-population (TBI). We are interested in learning what, if any differences, exist in product usability for these subpopulations. As a NIDRR-funded RERC, we will focus on researching and developing innovative technology solutions that have capacity for commercialization; generating, disseminating and facilitating utilization of new knowledge; and continuing to build our transdisciplinary team of collaborators along with the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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