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RERC Grant Awarded to Trace Center

The UW-Madison's Trace Center has been awarded a $5 million Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) grant with a focus on accessibility and usability of standard information and interface technologies by people with disabilities. This five-year grant is provided by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Trace Center LogoThe Trace Center is one of 22 Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers in the U.S. Each RERC has a unique focus, but all conduct research leading to technology advances that directly benefit people with disabilities.

This grant will fund development of innovative technological solutions for universal access to current and emerging information technologies to provide a seamless integration of multiple technologies used by individuals with disabilities in the home, the community, and the workplace.

The Trace Center is affiliated with the Biomedical Engineering and Industrial Engineering programs at UW-Madison, and is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of technology and disability access.

Founded over 30 years ago at the UW-Madison by a group of engineering students, the initial work of the Center was to develop early communication aids for people with disabilities that limited their ability to speak or write. With the advent of personal computers, the Center pioneered in development of techniques for making standard computers accessible for people with a variety of disabilities.

Over the past fifteen years, the Trace Center's research and development has focused on design of standard information technologies and telecommunications so that they are more accessible for people with disabilities. Key achievements have included development of accessibility features that are now built in to Windows, Macintosh OS, and other standard systems, and development of interface techniques for making public systems like fare machines, ATMs, and electronic voting accessible for people with disabilities.

CONTACT: Kate Vanderheiden, (608) 265-4621;

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