Professor receives $1.228 million dollars from the US Dept of Education

Professor Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow, from the Department of Occupational Science & Technology, has received research funding for $1.228 million from the US Department of Education. The project, “Interdisciplinary Technology Instruction Program for Individualized Technology Implementation Planning (ITIP2),” will develop an innovative personnel preparation program to prepare special education and related service personnel to use assistive technology and universal design.

The five-year project includes multiple interdisciplinary UWM collaborators: the Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability (R2D2) Center, the Department of Occupational Science & Technology, the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Exceptional Education in the School of Education.
In addition, Smith received a $600,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services to support the project “Community Participation through Personalized Accessibility Information: The Access Ratings NextGen App.”

The goal of the project is to make building accessibility information available to key stakeholders, namely people with disabilities, proprietors of buildings and rehabilitation professionals. The three-year project is a collaboration between Florida International University, Texas Woman’s University and Marquette University.