Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technologies

an IGERT program developed by ASU & CSULB

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In addition to IGERT core courses, the trainee may choose from a pool of elective courses from core and contributing disciplines (including Mechanical, Aerospace and Electrical, Engineering, Design & Architecture, Social Work, Social Transformation, STEM Education, Speech & Hearing, Human Evolution & Social Change, Life Sciences, Psychology, Health Sciences). These courses are selected based on the advising committee’s input, as well as the home department’s guidelines on enrolling in courses from other disciplines. A sample pool of electives (consisting of courses already offered) is shown below.

Biomedical Engineering

  • Human Systems Neuroscience
  • Neurotrauma and Rehabilitation
  • Motor Behavior

Computer Science and Engineering

  • Human-centered Computing
  • Real-time Embedded Systems
  • Multimedia Information Systems

Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (Science Policy)

  • Assessing Science Knowledge
  • Law, Science, and Technology
  • Advanced Bioethics
  • Uncertainty and Decision-making
  • Policy Analysis
  • Science and Engineering Ethics


  • Basic Concepts of Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Social Psychology

Educational Studies

  • Science Curricula for Students with Special Needs
  • Effective Instruction in Science for Students with Special Needs
  • Equity Issues in Science Education
  • Issues and Foundations in Special Education

Design and Architecture

  • Collaborative Design and Development
  • Strategic Enterprise Innovation

Global Perspectives: Focused efforts are undertaken to provide APAcT trainees with exposure to global perspectives and a sense of appreciation of diversity. While this program does not mandate international internships, we encourage and will support individual requests to obtain global experience, and make appropriate provisions with our collaborators for extended research and training visits.

An Annual IGERT Research Summit is organized at the end of each academic year (April-May). Fellows present their research and physically meet all other fellows from both ASU and CSULB in a common environment. This summit includes paper presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions to provide an opportunity for faculty and fellows to discuss cutting-edge issues in disability research and the challenges faced in implementing person-centeredness.