The School for Rehabilitation Sciences at TU Dortmund University hosts the Research Cluster Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP). The TIP cluster initiates, supports, and coordinates interdisciplinary research projects that investigate new ways to improve the inclusion, participation and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities, impairments or disadvantages.
The interdisciplinary profile of the cluster results from a unique cooperation between the social and the technical sciences. A strong emphasis lies on the use of modern technologies such as information and communication technologies (ICT) for purposes of inclusion and participation.
Application areas include the domains of communication and social interaction, daily living, education, employment, and health. Research activities follow the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) of the World Health Organization (WHO) to progress and evaluate innovative developments of technical solutions. Special emphasis is given to the development of preventive measures in preparation for the demographic change through aging and migration.
An end user-centered and evidence-based approach allows addressing core societal challenges in order to efficiently promote inclusion and participation of individuals in need. We hereby profit from the multidisciplinary cooperation of the TIP team that includes engineers, computer scientists, educators, psychologists, linguistics, and communication scientists.