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About CAT

Linda and Lena

The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) was established within the School of Health Related Professions in 1988. CAT conducts applied research & development and client service programs in Assistive Technology (AT) for persons with disabilities and the elderly.

Research, Development, and Commercialization

Research, development, and commercialization of advanced technologies and assistive devices. The Center on KT4TT studies and applies 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 NIDILRR 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.

Client Assessment and Training Services

Education Programs for professionals, students and consumers. CAT staff and affiliated faculty provide instruction on AT 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 AT 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

Publications of information about AT 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.