Research and Evaluation

REKNEW projects

REKNEW projects research ways Augmentative and Alternative Communication or AAC can support children and adults with acquired or developmental disabilities as they experience complex communication impairments.

Efficacy of AAC apps and different vocabulary layouts on conversation in degenerative language disorders:

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and team partner with Penn State University to study the effects of various language organization layouts used in mobile technology apps for adults with primary progressive aphasia. Data are taken during conversational interactions with researchers and familiar conversation partners to inform which vocabulary layout type is most helpful to persons with primary progressive aphasia.

Translational refinement of adaptive communication system for locked-in patients:

Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and team partner with Northeastern University to develop a communication system, also known as a brain-computer interface for persons with minimal movement and speech. The system uses brain signals to select rapidly displayed letters for message construction in people who are locked-in.

Design to Learn

The D2L Projects focus on research and strategies developed to address the educational needs of children and adults with severe disabilities, such as multiple and "low-incidence" disabilities including deafblindness and autism.

National Core Indicators

National Core Indicators project is a collaborative project between the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Oregon Office of Developmental Disability Services. Four hundred adults a who have I/DD and receive one other state service beyond case management are personally interviewed annually in order to find out how services and support help people with developmental disabilities.

Health disparities among people with disabilities

Our health disparities research projects focus on preventable and unjust differences in health, access to health care, or quality of health care affecting people with disabilities.