New Projects for the IDEA Center and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

The University at Buffalo is proud of the fact that it is extending its international reach through leadership on Universal Design. Congratulations to Ed Steinfeld, Jordana Maisel, and all those who will continue to open new horizons for Universal Design:

UB's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute are partnering to research and change the accessibility of housing, public buildings and outdoor spaces able to accommodate people of all abilities and ages.

Through a five-year, $4.75 million grant that launched on Oct. 1, UB researchers and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute will be working together to make products simpler and easier to use for every person of any ability. 

This is the third five-year grant UB has been awarded, reflecting the long-term commitment and success of UB researchers in this field.

Edward Steinfield

, the principal investigator for the project, professor of architecture, and director of UB's Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center), is working alongside co-principal investigator James Lenker, assistant professor of rehabilitation science, on the initiative.

Steinfield and Lenker are co-directing the new RERC with Jordana Maisel, director of the IDeA Center's outreach and policy studies, and Geoff Fernie, vice president for outreach at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

"[This initiative] is giving an opportunity for students from different departments to come together and work with nationally recognized researchers," Lenker said. "It's a good chance for students to work with people from different disciplines [and] make a relevant and positive societal benefit."

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