We Are Creating an Inclusive World
We used to be two research centers: AMAC Research and Accessibility Services (AMAC), and the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA). Now we are the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI), and we are dedicated to an inclusive society through innovations in assistive and universally designed technologies.
We combine the strengths of AMAC’s advocacy and service solutions and CATEA’s research in the areas of disability, aging, and universal design. Through merging our two research centers into a supercenter, CIDI can address the full range of needs for accessibility.
The Center seeks to maximize synergies between service and research so our clients (individuals, K-12 and higher education, corporations, nonprofits, and government entities) can reap the benefit of equal access to education, work, and life.
Kerssens Is First CIDI Executive Director
Chantal Kerssens will be the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation’s first executive director. She joins the Center on Thursday, August 1, 2019.
Under her watch, CIDI will use their influence in the inclusive design realm to collaborate with medical and technology companies in their earliest stages of development. By focusing on emerging technologies that are currently inaccessible, CIDI can help make inclusion an innovative value-add instead of a luxurious afterthought.
Coming Soon: The CIDI Website
Now that we have merged our organizations, we're working on telling our new, unified story in a fully developed website coming soon. In the mean time, if you're looking for research or service assistance, you can still visit our old websites:
AMAC Services &
We provide accessible and inclusive products/services/resources for individuals with disabilities in education, government, non-profit, and corporate environments.
We work with practitioners, researchers, and people with disabilities to solve the everyday problems and develop guidelines for best practice.
We explore how inclusive design and assistive technologies increase independence and participation for individuals with disabilities, of all ages.
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