September 9, 2020

Laptop with image of Board meetingAll are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on September 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 (ET). The agenda includes brief reports from Board committees and the Interim Executive Director and features presentations on the work of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the federal government’s primary disability research agency.

Representatives from NIDILRR will provide an overview of programs and grant projects on research to advance accessibility and technology for people with disabilities. Presenters include Dr. Phil Beatty and Dr. Sarah Ruiz of the NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences who will discuss NIDILRRs programs and research centers, including the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) that conduct advanced engineering research and develop innovative technologies to advance accessibility and remove environmental barriers.

They will be joined by researchers from several RERCs. Dr. Jordana Maisel of the University at Buffalo will provide a briefing on the work of the RERC on Physical Access and Transportation and the RERC on Universal Design and the Built Environment. Dr. Janice C. Light of Pennsylvania State University will review research undertaken by the RERC on Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

You may attend the meeting through the Zoom.gov platform or by phone (listen-only mode). For further information, contact Rose Marie Bunales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting of the U.S. Access Board (Virtual)      Add to Calendar
September 16, 1:00 – 3:00 (ET)
Meeting Link: www.zoomgov.com/j/1602947733
Call-in Option: (669) 254-5252 or (646) 828-7666; meeting ID: 160 294 7733

Agenda
• Welcome
• Official Business (including Approval of Minutes, Committee Reports, and Interim Executive Director Report)
• New Business
• NIDILRR Presentation: Program Overview, Funding Mechanisms, and Innovative Grantee Projects on Accessibility and Technology
   o Dr. Phil Beatty and Dr. Sarah Ruiz, NIDILRR Office of Research Sciences
   o Dr. Jordana Maisel, University at Buffalo, RERC on Physical Access and Transportation, and RERC  
      on Universal Design and the Built Environment
   o Dr. Janice C. Light, Pennsylvania State University, RERC on Augmentative and Alternative
      Communication
• 3:00 Closing and Adjournment