By bringing together education, research and translation expertise in one collaborative organization, CREATE will provide the infrastructure to catalyze progress on projects that require extended, multidisciplinary teams. CREATE faculty bring multiple perspectives including not just technology but also disability rights and advocacy. CREATE’s goals include increasing inclusion of people with disabilities in academia and the workforce; developing and deploying cutting edge accessibility technology, and advocating for disability equity. 

Upon securing adequate funding, some of the visionary projects that CREATE is poised to undertake include:

  • Prioritizing personalization: digital interfaces that can be personalized to sense, model, and adapt to each user’s abilities, instead of making people fit the technology.
  • Making “making” accessible: Print-on-demand hardware solutions specifically fabricated to an individual’s needs, such as the Open-Orthosis project.
  • Equitable environments: The built environment is not always built for everyone. High-detail crowdsourced navigation systems, such as project sidewalk and open sidewalks, will convey the accessibility of sidewalks, entrances, interior spaces and public transit for people with mobility and sensory impairments. 
  • Augmenting abilities: wearable technologies that make the physical and social world more accessible including wearable IOT and virtual and augmented reality.
  • Inclusive, intelligent systems: Inclusive data collection and analysis to improve our understanding of accessibility, such as automated diagnosis and repair of mobile app accessibility failures for all android apps without requiring developer involvement, use of rehabilitation resources and educational experiences, and  creating better touch screens based on how people with disabilities actually interact.
  • K-12 Kids and All Academics: A core mantra of the disability movement is, “Nothing about us without us,” yet too frequently in the world of computing, this goal goes unmet. CREATE will help train the next generation of kids, professionals and faculty with disabilities, and to do this CREATE hopes to provide accessible computing tools, pedagogy, and curricula to enable people with disabilities to learn about and pursue careers at all levels in STEM.
  • Access, Equity and Inclusion. Sometimes instead of tools, we need a roadmap for clinicians, engineers, and caregivers to advocate for policy change. An example is our work to improve pediatric mobility technology design (Go Baby Go), and to understand how historical perceptions of disability and assistive technology often serve to perpetuate exclusion despite legislation protecting individuals’ rights to mobility and technology.