WORKPLACE ACCOMMODATIONS:  STATE OF THE SCIENCE
September 15-16, 2005
Atlanta, GA

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations
is announcing a Call for Papers for its 2005 State of the Science Conference.

This conference will establish a national dialogue on the current state and
future directions of workplace accommodations.  The conference format will
include plenary sessions, paper presentations in breakout sessions, and
extensive opportunity for networking and discussion.  A goal of the
conference will be to develop an agenda for future directions in research,
service delivery, and product development based on user needs for workplace
accommodations.

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners (i.e.,
rehabilitation engineers, rehabilitation counselors, occupational
therapists), policy makers, product designers, employers, and employees
with disabilities who are interested in improving access to the workplace
for people with disabilities.

We are particularly interested in papers that address one or more of the
following themes and questions:

1) Evidence-Based Practice - e.g., what accommodations are effective and
for whom; what accommodations are reasonable and what do they cost; what
are the gaps in providing accommodations

2) Universal Design and AT - e.g., how are new universally designed
products changing the need for assistive devices; what are the benefits and
drawbacks of universal design; what tools/efforts can promote development
of universally designed products

3) Safety in the Workplace - e.g., what are the unique safety risks for
people with disabilities in the workplace; do accommodations compromise
workplace safety; can accommodations compensate for safety risks

4) Telework - e.g., is telework a reasonable accommodation; what
accommodations do teleworkers need

5) Aging Workers - e.g., what are the types of problems faced by aging
workers; what accommodations will an aging workforce need and are these
accommodations reasonable

Presentations may address one or more of the conference themes by reporting
on Research and Development, Policy Development and Issues, Service
Delivery, Best Practices and Case Studies, or Training and Dissemination.

If you would like to present a paper, please submit the following
information to the Work RERC by April 1st.
* Submission form / contact information (available:
<http://www.workrerc.org/sos>http://www.workrerc.org/sos)
* Abstract (250-500 words)

This conference and the Work RERC are supported by Grant H133E020720 of the
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the
U.S. Department of Education.

The Work RERC is a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center that
identifies, designs, and develops devices and systems to make people with
disabilities more productive in the workplace. A primary focus of the Work
RERC is the use of universal design concepts -- the design of products and
environments to be usable by all workers, to the greatest extent possible,
without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The Work RERC is
part of the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
(CATEA) at Georgia Tech.  More information about the Work RERC can be found
at <http://www.workrerc.org/>http://www.workrerc.org