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Center for Assistive Technology
University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

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About CAT

The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) was established within the School of Health Related Professions in 1988. CAT conducts research, education and service programs in assistive technology for persons with disabilities and the elderly, in four related areas:

Research, development, and commercialization of advanced technologies and assistive devices. The Center on KT4TT objective of this program is to study and apply the theory and practice of Knowledge Translation to the knowledge outputs of NIDILRR technology-grantees.  This is expected to increase the use of NIDRR grantee outputs by the various categories of knowledge users, which is expected to result in increased beneficial impacts for people with disabilities.  The KT4TT is charged with contributing to the following three Grantee Outcomes:

  • Improved understanding of barriers to accomplishing KT for TT and carriers to overcome them.
  • Advanced knowledge of the best models, methods and measures for accomplishing KT for TT.
  • Increased utilization of the validated best practices for KT for TT by the NIDRR grantees.

Education Programs for professionals, students, and consumers. CAT staff and affiliated faculty provide instruction on assistive technology devices and services conduct focus groups and beta-testing for multiple manufacturers, and internships for graduate students.

Client Assessment & Training Services in computer access for education and employment. CAT's multi-disciplinary Client Service Team provides assistive technology assessment and training services to People with Disabilities in the eight counties of Western New York. They also receive referrals from other regions when the client's needs are exceedingly complex.

Publications of information about assistive technology devices and services. CAT operates the Western New York Region's Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities (TRAID) program. This dissemination program works in partnership with the WNY Independent Living Center to offer a Model Demonstration House stocked with a wide range of AT devices.


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