RUSH Project Announces Research Utilization Award Funding

February 23, 2005
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

The Research Utilization Support and Help (RUSH) project at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) announced today that the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center: Wheeled Mobility in Everyday Life (Mobility RERC) is the first recipient of a Research Utilization Award funding. The Mobility RERC is located at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Disability researchers have been increasingly challenged to show that their research produces measurable results; however, there is a fundamental lack of understanding and awareness regarding effective strategies for producing and measuring such change. To address this need, the RUSH project provides financial resources in the form of Research Utilization Awards. The awards are made to researchers sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) who propose innovative strategies for achieving improved access and documented use of research results by those who can most benefit from them.

“This new award will support a study that will occur over the next 24 months at the Shepherd Center,” said RUSH Project Director John D. Westbrook, PhD. “The results of this study and others supported by the RUSH project will increase our understanding about strategies that work in engaging and influencing specific target audiences.”

The Shepherd Center will use the Research Utilization Award funding to study the best techniques to transfer information to healthcare practitioners responsible for recommending assistive technology for persons with disabilities using wheelchairs.

The RUSH project and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center: Wheeled Mobility in Everyday Life are both funded by the NIDRR. The RUSH project is operated by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL), a private, not-for-profit educational research and development corporation based in Austin, Texas.

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