Photo of Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken who is director of REKNEW Projects.


The REKNEW research group addresses the complex communication needs of adults with acquired disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases. We work on many different REKNEW projects, targeting different adult groups and communication supports. Our approach is based on a philosophy of Participatory Action Research: we believe that individuals with complex communication needs should be part of our research endeavors, from the initial questions posed in a study to the dissemination of research results.

We invite you to explore our website and examine our different clinical research projects. We would be happy to discuss our work with you, whether you are interested in participating in a study, supporting us, learning about our recent publications or knowledge translation activities, or just finding out more about communication supports for adults.
~Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken


Melanie Fried-Oken Awarded ASHA Fellowship and Outstanding Researcher of the Year Award

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken receiving fellowship at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference held in Los Angeles, CaliforniaDr. Melanie Fried-Oken recently became a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This honor is given to members of this national organization who are recognized for their leadership and scientific contributions to the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Melanie was awarded this honor at the 2017 ASHA Convention, which was held in Los Angeles, CA. This same year, Melanie received the Outstanding Researcher of the Year award from the Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She acknowledges the commitment, integrity and input of the REKNEW team for adding evidence to the field of AAC. She states that she could not have received these awards without their collaboration. 

Deadlines Announced for RESNA Student Design Competitions

Click on links below for full details and guidelines. Good luck on your submission!

Deadline: April 13, 2018--Links to guidelines are listed on page above.

The RESNA Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology.  Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply. 

2018 Student Research & Design Competition: Access and AAC

Deadline: April 13, 2018
Guidelines can be found here.
A Research and Design Award (up to a total of $3,000) is available to the first place student project. $1,500 of the award funds can be used by the first place student team to support approved expenses to further the project, including additional research and development activities and/or dissemination activities (e.g., travel to visit a research mentor, conference travel and registration, etc).  $1,500 of the award funds is also available to the first place student project to support attendance at  2018 RESNA conference. If the winner of the RERC on AAC award is a Bachelor or Masters level student during the 2017/18 academic year, they also be named as a finalist in the RESNA Student Design Competition and eligible to compete for the RESNA Student Design Competition Award.


To learn more about our funders, who we work with and our upcoming events, please click the blue links to below.

Who Funds Our Work

Who We Work With

REKNEW Projects are conducted in collaboration with various community partners as well as the following organizations:

REKNEW projects have reached out to several populations, including adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Locked-In Syndrome (LIS) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). We have also looked at the outcomes of training caregivers in Alzheimer’s Care Units to use communication systems with their residents.


Upcoming Events

Brain-Computer Interface Society Annual Meeting
Asilomar Conference Grounds –  Pacific Grove, California, May 21-25, 2018
Hyatt Regency Crystal City – Arlington, Virginia, July 11-15, 2018