New Funding: ADEPT

Brianna Blaser, DO-IT Staff

DO-IT has recently received a grant from the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) for a project called ADEPT: Accessible Design of Engineered Products and Technology. ADEPT will aim to build a strong and sustainable national network of engineering faculty, students, and professionals interested in and able to address issues related to disability, accessibility, and universal design (UD). This project will further the ability of engineers to develop and deploy technology that is accessible to people with disabilities. UD seeks to ensure that products are usable to the widest audience possible, including individuals with disabilities. ADEPT will educate engineers about accessibility, UD, and best practices to involve individuals with disabilities in the design and development of new products and technology through development of a community of practice, training webinars, and accessibility briefs, as well as dissemination of the resources developed.

UEF, founded in 1904 with funding from Andrew Carnegie, aims to advance the engineering arts and sciences for the welfare of humanity. The members of the UEF are the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).