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Mission Statement

The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT), housed by the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science at University of Washington, develops, translates and deploys open source universally accessible technologies, with a focus on benefiting populations with motor limitations or speech impairment.
TCAT's academic mission is to engage undergraduate design and engineering students in participatory design and inclusive design practices.

Vision

  • The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology engages University of Washington students, faculty, and the surrounding community in the creation of a sustainable social enterprise for the development, deployment and support of access technologies.
  • TCAT leverages novel tools, sensors, chips, interfaces, open source software and actuators that are inexpensive and readily available to facilitate rapid development and deployment of customized solutions to access problems.
  • TCAT focuses on
    • universal access to collaborative work/play environments
    • community engagement through facilitation of pedestrian access and access to transportation.
Who is being served?

In addition to the 2 million people in the United States living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, an estimated 19.4 percent of non-institutionalized civilians in the U.S. - a total of 52.6 million people - live with a disability. Almost half (an estimated 24.1 million) are considered to have a severe disability, and mobility-affected individuals comprise a significant portion of that population. According to the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center, approximately 1.9 percent of the U.S. population, or 5,596,000 people, are living with some form of affected mobility resulting in difficulty or inability to move the upper or lower extremities.