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Accessibility Research

The Center for Inclusive Design & Innovation is a research center within the Georgia Tech College of Design. Our mission is to improve the human condition through equal access to technology-based and research-driven information, services, and products for individuals with disabilities.

Our research primarily focuses on students with disabilities, who are a significant and underrepresented segment of the higher education population that span age, gender, ethnic, racial, cultural, and economic boundaries. CIDI also studies how corporate, government, and non-profit organizations support customers and employees with disabilities.

Featured Research Projects

Accessible ICT Practices in Post-Secondary Education
The purpose of this exploratory study is to investigate accessible Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) practices in higher education institutions around the world. This study focuses on adoption of successful practices for ICT accessibility with the purpose of developing a roadmap for accessible ICT practices in higher education. The results of this study will contribute to inclusive higher education concept and will support nondiscrimination based on different abilities.
Auditory Augmented 3D Printed Math Manipulatives for Students with Visual Impairments
The goal of this exploratory project is to iteratively design and develop auditory augmented 3D manipulatives for K-12 math courses that may improve learning outcomes of students with visual impairments, including those with blindness and print disabilities. The manipulatives will be 3D printed to make them easy to replicated, and will include audio QR codes including explanation of the manipulatives.Students with visual impairments and their math teachers will participate in the design process.
Center for Accessible Materials Innovation (CAMI)
The CAMI research study explores barriers at United States minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and the impact of accessibility interventions for student with print-related disabilities. Questions addressing the social and psychological challenges for minority students will be studied.
Exploring Attitudes towards ICT Accessibility in Corporate, Governmental, and Non-Profit Environments
This study centers on attitudes towards ICT accessibility in the corporate, governmental, and non-profit sector. In addition, this research will attempt to identify the complexities and challenges posed for students with disabilities in online learning environments. The potential benefits of the study could lead to more effective workplace and teaching ICT accessibility policies and practices.
Impacts and Effectiveness of Assistive Technology for People with Developmental Disabilities
Tools for Life (TFL), in collaboration with Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), will provide assistive technology (AT) services to 325 participants (determined by DBHDD) and their circles of support (parent, legal guardian, or representative). AT services will include AT assessment, recommendation, training, and follow-up. As part of this service, TFL will conduct a research study to investigate the impacts and effectiveness of the recommended AT.
The GT Virtual Faculty Classroom Accessibility Resource
An Online Tutor for Accessible Course Development project will bring together a partnership of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, GTs Office of Institute Diversity, and the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) to undertake a structured approach to assist faculty in designing and developing their courses in ways that incorporate accessibility and are inclusive of the needs of diverse learners.