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New Projects at Smith-Kettlewell on Blindness and Low Vision

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 11:20 AM PST  
Grand AB  

Smith-Kettlewell is proud to announce a new five-year award of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) grant on Blindness and Low Vision. This award is from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research. It supports Smith-Kettlewell as a center promoting the independence and well-being of people with visual impairments through research and development to improve the understanding of, and provide solutions for, challenges facing the blind and low-vision community.

The new RERC grant will support a total of eight projects within three main areas of focus, led both by researchers at Smith-Kettlewell and by outside collaborators. These projects include:

(a) Access to education and information: Audio-Tactile Media, AI-Enhanced Video Accessibility for YouDescribe and a Smith-Kettlewell Summer Institute;

(b) Navigation and spatial interactions: Mobilizing Non-Visual Digital Maps, VR Tools and Training to Improve Auditory Environmental Perception and AI Tools for Micro-Navigation; and

(c) Optimizing function with residual vision: Assessment and Rehab of Higher Visual Function Deficits for Cerebral Visual Impairment and Strategies to Improve Walking Safety with Central Field Loss.

In this session, leaders of most of these projects will give details of their plans and potential opportunities for collaboration.

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  • Disability Specific
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Research & Development
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Learn about the new Smith-Kettlewell Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center and its research and development projects focusing on blindness and low vision.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Healthcare & Rehabilitation
  • Independent Living
Session Type
General Track  


  • James Coughlan
    Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
  • Christopher Toth
    Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
  • Natela Shanidze
    Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
  • Yue-Ting Siu
    San Francisco State University

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