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Disability Resource Center (DRC)

  • Website: http://epics.ecn.purdue.edu/drc/
  • Contact Information: epics-drc@ecn.purdue.edu
  • Sponsors: Caterpillar
  • Description: The DRC team works with the Disability Resource Center Student Success Programs. The team's goal is to create innovative solutions for students with disabilities so these students may perform the same activities and take advantage of the same opportunities available to their peers. These solutions include designing software, furniture, and other adaptive products.Resource Center of the Office of the Dean of Students. The team's goal is to create innovative solutions for students with disabilities so these students may perform the same activities and take advantage of the same opportunities available to their peers. These solutions include designing software, furniture, and other adaptive products
  • Partners: Purdue University Disability Resource Center Student Success Programs https://www.purdue.edu/drc/ DRC is a Purdue University program that provides academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and services for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Their goal is to allow students with these conditions, equal access to course activities and materials.
  • Facts: Began in Fall 1997.
  • Mission: Our team's mission is to facilitate the giving of assistance to students with special needs or disabilities, through our cooperation with the Student Success Programs.
  • Delivered: Determination of critical display refresh frequencies that trigger photosensitive epilepsy. Remote Classroom Captioning system that uses wireless microphones and networking to allow a remote transcriber to generate near-real-time class notes for hearing impaired students. Classroom furniture: adjustable chair for students with chronic back problems; adjustable table for students in wheelchairs. 75 chairs and 25 tables are placed in classrooms around campus as needed by Purdue students. In progress: The Interactive Campus Map is a web-based software system that will allow a student to find the best wheelchair-accessible path between any two points on campus. The first ICM kiosk will be deployed on campus in Fall 2003. The Global Positioning System Device for the Visually Impaired is a handheld navigation aid for students who are visually impaired. It will help students find the shortest path between two points on campus and will give audible directions via an earpiece as they walk to their destination.
  • Technologies Communications, GPS, human-computer interfaces, programming, ergonomics, mechanical advantage, linkages, machining, and CAD design.
  • Impact: Improved accesses to the Purdue campus for students with disabilities.
  • Area: Access and Abilities
  • Fall 2017 Division: 34
  • Fall 2017 Schedule: Wednesdays 8:30 - 10:20am