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Gallaudet receives National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grant

The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate Dr. Christian Vogler on his award from the Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the amount of $950,000 for the project entitled, "Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC)."

Summary of the Project
The RERC’s mission is to provide consumers who are hard of hearing or deaf, their families and clinicians, with the knowledge and tools necessary (1) to take control of their communication and hearing technologies, adapt those technologies to their needs in real-world environments, and achieve greater autonomy in their technology use; and (2) to derive full benefit of the shift from special purpose devices to increasingly powerful and interconnected consumer electronics.

The RERC aims to narrow the gaps between the potential for new technologies to improve the lives of individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf and their ability to exploit this potential. It does so by carrying out a program of research, development, and training that covers the transfer of a clinical program to telerehabilitation; consumer-controlled hearing device programming; new methods for validating device fitting with infants; a model program for consumer-to-consumer technology training; an interconnected mobile and hearing devices, system addressing technology performance in real-world environments; and an application that provides meaningful experiences with hearing device settings through user-driven exploration.

Details of the award

Dr. Christian Vogler, Principal Investigator
Technology Access Program and Communication Studies
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC)
U.S. Department of Education
Award No.: H133E140056

Dollar amount of federal funds awarded: $950,000 for the period of October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015
Percentage total cost of the program financed by federal funding: 92%
Percentage and dollar amount of the total costs funded by non-governmental sources: 8%, $75,793

Grants are integral to establishing "Gallaudet as the epicenter of research development and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity." A central component of Gallaudet University's mission is the enhancement of faculty and staff opportunities for creative and scholarly research and training. If you have a question about the grant writing process or if you have an idea or concept and would like to discuss potential grant opportunities, please contact Audrey Wineglass Foster at audrey.foster@gallaudet.edu.  We look forward to meeting and working with you.

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