Located in the School of Public Health and Health Professions since 1999, CIRRIE facilitates the sharing of information and expertise between the U.S. and world-wide partners to improve the conditions of people with disabilities.
Principal Investigator: John
H. Stone, PhD
Funding Agency: National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
Abstract: The mission of the Center for International Rehabilitation Research (CIRRIE) is to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise between the U.S. and other countries. Unlike other centers in the United States that work to improve the conditions of people with disabilities in other countries, CIRRIE’s role is to identify and disseminate in the U.S. information found useful in other countries for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
CIRRIE has developed a Database of International Rehabilitation
Research. The database may be searched by subject, author, country,
title, year and other parameters. CIRRIE has also developed an
online, multi-lingual International Encyclopedia of
CIRRIE also supports international exchanges of rehabilitation
research and development personnel involving NIDRR grantees and
counterparts from other countries to assist them in developing
CIRRIE also develops educational and training resources to
strengthen the cultural competence of rehabilitation professionals
in the U.S., especially those who work with recent immigrants. It
has developed books and monographs on this topic and has conducted
international conferences. It has developed curriculum guides for
infusing cultural competency education in the curricula of
rehabilitation related university programs. CIRRIE is currently
developing simulated patients case scenarios in cooperation with
UB's Behling Simulation Center involving simulations using both
standardized patients and automated manikins. The use of simulated
patients encounters to teach cultural competence is novel to the
area of rehabilitation education.