Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

About the 2013 Keynote:


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Roger O. Smith, Ph.D., O.T., FAOTA, RESNA Fellow
University of Wisconsin UW Milwaukee, Professor; Director, Rehabilitation Research, Department: Occupational Science and Technology, R2D2 Center

Speaker Topics:

  • Acessible Design
  • Assistive Technology
  • Universal Design
  • Bifocals and Falling
  • Outcome Measurement and Disability

Interests and Expertise:

Dr. Smith's research focuses on measurement related to disability and the application of assistive technology and universal design. In measurement, Dr. Smith examines assessments to determine their reliability and validity in use. He has created a software based evaluation system that uses a branching question structure called TTSS (Trichotomous Tailored Subranching Scoring). One component of Dr. Smith's current research specifically investigates the effectiveness of assitive technology and universal design interventions on the lives of people with disabilities. Currently, Dr. Smith directs several federally funded projects. Dr. Smith has served as primary author and director for more than 30 grant and contract awards of over 8 million dollars of extramural sponsered research and training programs. These projects have supported many dozens of students in assitive technology training and in research support positions.

See the Rehabilitation Research Design & Disability (R2D2) Center website for more information about current projects.

The R2D2 Center provides an interdisciplinary home for basic research, applied research and development, as well as innovative instruction related to technology and disability.

The R2D2 Center affiliates multiple college/school units in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Currently, key linkages exist with the Department of Occupational Science and Department of Exceptional Education in the School of Education, the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and components of the campus of Office of Information Technology.


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