Complex Rehab Technologies – Research in the Future of Mobility

This week is Complex Rehabilitation Technology Awareness Week, organized by the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (NCART). Complex rehabilitation technology, or CRT, may be an unfamiliar term to some, but most people have seen or interacted with some type of CRT: a manual or powered wheelchair is just one example.

According to NCART, CRT products are “medically necessary, individually configured devices that require evaluation, configuration, fitting, adjustment, or programming” by a team of rehabilitation professionals such as physicians and nurses, occupational and physical therapists, assistive technologists, and engineers. CRT products are designed to meet the specific and unique medical, physical, and functional needs of individuals with disabilities. They can include manual and powered wheelchair systems, seating and positioning systems, standing devices, and much more.

NIDILRR-funded research in CRT covers the engineering, prescription, and policy issues around getting people with disabilities the technology they need to live and move around independently in the community. Here’s a quick look at some of the projects currently working in this area.

Wheeled Mobility

Seating and Positioning


Multiple Mobility Areas

Policy and Practice

These are just some of the current projects currently working in CRT and related areas. You can explore more current and completed projects in CRT in the NIDILRR Program Database, along with their publications indexed in the REHABDATA database.

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