It has been my honor to serve as The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute's Executive Director since 2011, and I also serve as Director of our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC). The Center's research goal is to develop and apply new scientific knowledge and practical, cost-effective devices to understand and address better the real-world problems of blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind consumers. The RERC has many ongoing R&D projects and collaborative relationships, both internal and external to Smith-Kettlewell. Primary funding for the RERC comes from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, with other important sources of support, including the National Eye Institute, and Smith-Kettlewell.
My lab is the home for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center funded by NIDILRR with additional support from SKERI and other agencies. Together we address problems of blindness and visual impairment, particularly problems faced by our target populaiton that may be amenable to...
3D printing is increasingly used in STEM education. How can it be made accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired?
This project aims to do a detailed analysis of the environmental acoustic cues that help some blind navigate successfully.
Most prior research on reading in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has focused on those with advanced disease. The first goal of this project is to examine the visual, motor, and cognitive factors that contribute to reading performance in people with early to...