Nao, a socially assistive robot, with its hand on its hip.

7 ICI Teams Featured in CEHD Research Day

Nao (pictured), a socially assistive robot, is the subject of an ICI research poster being displayed at CEHD Research and Innovation Day 2023 on March 23. The poster summarizes ICI’s collaboration with the University’s College of Science and Engineering that is exploring the use of robots equipped with artificial intelligence to interact with people who are aging and encourage them to be physically active. It is one of seven research posters that ICI is displaying at this year's event.

Read more about ICI’s other poster presentations.

A young Black woman, casually dressed, smiles at the camera. Superimposed on the photograph are the logos of ICI's RTC on Community Living and New York State's Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities Announces $2.5 Million Partnership with ICI

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has entered into a three-year $2.5 million partnership with ICI’s Research and Training Center on Community Living to evaluate the agency’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) workforce development projects.

The agency has dedicated much of its ARPA funding to the direct support workforce shortage and wants to measure the success of its investments. "ICI is excited to partner with OPWDD on this important initiative. The DSP workforce crisis has been decades in the making, and the state of New York is wisely investing in a number of workforce intervention initiatives,” said ICI's Julie Bershadsky.

Read more about the partnership.

Cover photo of the new issue of Impact. It shows a Black couple at home with their daughter.

New Impact: Engaging Diverse Communities

What, exactly, is cultural competence in a research context? How can we better engage people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of research into social inclusion and belonging and other important aspects of community life?

This issue in the Impact series highlights critical disability research questions posed at the Institute's recent State of the Science meeting. The issue is also available in Spanish.

Read more about the new Impact.