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Oct 1 2021

10/1 – Glenn Hedman & Brenda Bonfiglio, University of Illinois Chicago

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

October 1, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Chicago, IL

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Title: REHABILITATION ENGINEERING - Its Place in Research, Assistive Technology Service Delivery, and Academic Coursework

Abstract: The field of Rehabilitation Engineering gained formal recognition in the early 1970s, through federal support for the initial group of Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). There are currently 16 RERCs, each with a specific area of focus (e.g., Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Physical Access and Transportation, Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Mobility and Manipulation etc.) performing research to enhance the abilities of individuals with disabilities. As more and more devices made their way from research labs to the commercial marketplace, rehabilitation engineers became members of clinical rehabilitation teams, mixing and matching components from different sources, and designing device modifications or custom devices when needed. Rehabilitation Engineering plays a key role in research and development, as well as in standards development that drives commercial design, testing, and implementation of a wide variety of assistive technology.
This presentation will include examples of Rehabilitation Engineering research, standards development work, examples of clinical Rehabilitation Engineering work in environmental modification, job accommodation, and computer access, along with an overview of the Assistive Technology coursework currently offered at UIC on the west campus.


UIC Biomedical Engineering

Date posted

Sep 27, 2021

Date updated

Sep 27, 2021