History + Expertise: Find Them Here

For many years, UB has had a strong reputation in the assistive technology field. 

Rehabilitation Science class focused on adaptive sports basketball held in Alumni Arena.

Rehabilitation Science class focused on adaptive sports basketball held in Alumni Arena.

All of the following centers and departments have been active with projects funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, and held leadership roles in governmental advocacy initiatives and professional associations such as the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, American Occupational Therapy Association and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • The multidisciplinary Center for Assistive Technology (CAT), which provides research, education and service to increase knowledge about assistive devices.
  • The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Accommodation—IDEA, a globally recognized center of excellence committed to creating and implementing inclusive design policies, practices, environments and products.
  • The Department of Rehabilitation Science, home of CART, with nationally ranked programs in physical therapy and occupational therapy and expertise in assistive technology.
  • The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, focused on research and educational excellence across a broad range of industrial and systems engineering disciplines, including human factors.
  • The Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, which engages in basic and translational research in the areas of human communication processes and their disorders.

International Recognition

CART’s program director, James Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, RESNA Fellow, is an internationally recognized expert in the use of assistive technology in rehabilitation.

  • James A. Lenker.

    621 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-6726

    Fax: (716) 829-3217


    Associate Professor
    Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Program
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Community-based outcomes research in the areas of: computer-based assistive technology; wheeled mobility and seating; office ergonomics interventions; work conditioning programs; home modifications; complete streets. Evaluation of accessible public transportation systems. Usability testing to support development of new assistive technology device products.