NICHD Rehabilitative and Assistive Technology Research Information

Rehabilitative and assistive technology have been part of NICHD’s portfolio since its founding. Initially, efforts focused on ways to assist those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, in completing activities and navigating their environments. Later, when the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) was established within NICHD, it provided a focal point for research aimed at improving and restoring function of people with disabilities from many types of causes, including injury and illness. Today, NCMRR provides NIH-wide coordination of rehabilitation-related activities, including conducting and supporting activities in rehabilitative and assistive technologies.