Research and Training

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC)

RERCs are funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). These centers are often collaborations of multiple organizations, predominantly housed at universities throughout the country.


The AAC-RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that functions as a collaborative research group dedicated to the development of effective AAC technology. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) refers to ways (other than speech) that are used to send a message from one person to another.

Wireless RERC

The Wireless RERC’s mission is to promote equitable access to and use of wireless technologies by people with disabilities and encourage the adoption of Universal Design in future generations of wireless devices and applications.

RERC-ACT – Advancement of Cognitive Technologies

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

RERC on Hearing Enhancement

Housed at Gallaudet University, this RERC conducts research, development, and training programs that promote technological solutions to problems confronting people with hearing loss.