Since 1994, the Internet Scout Research Group (Scout) has focused on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata. The Scout research team creates and delivers practical, accessible Web-based information and open-source software technologies and solutions for educators, librarians, and researchers. Scout is home to a variety of projects, including ATE Central, which serves as an information hub and archive for the ATE community.
CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities, through Universal Design for Learning. Since its founding in 1984, CAST has seeded and grown the field of Universal Design for Learning through creative research and development, strategic partnerships, teacher preparation and support, and international outreach.
NCAM, a part of Boston public broadcaster WGBH, is a research and development facility dedicated to addressing barriers to media and emerging technologies for people with disabilities in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. NCAM builds on WGBH’s pioneering history in technologies and services to make media accessible for people with disabilities, including captioning for television and extending access to television to the blind or visually impaired via the Descriptive Video Service (DVS).
An NSF ATE National Center of Excellence, DeafTEC’s goal is to increase the number of deaf and hard-of-hearing (HH) individuals in highly-skilled technician jobs where they are currently underrepresented and underutilized. DeafTEC serves as a national resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf/HH students in STEM-related programs and for employers hiring deaf/HH individuals. DeafTEC is housed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the nine colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Human Engineering Research Laboratories, home to the ATE-funded PACE/AIM project, works to continuously improve the mobility and function of people with disabilities through a variety of projects and programs.