Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables (CREATE)
The Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology that Enables (CREATE) is a full partnership between the Neil Squire Foundation and BCIT. CREATE's vision is to support the development of healthy, safe and sustainable communities. The Centre and its prototyping infrastructure is a unique research facility in BC devoted to improving how people, regardless of ability, live, work, and fully participate in our communities. By advancing practise in activities related to the design and use of devices, technologies, products and policies CREATE aims to improve health, function, access or safety. CREATE is currently working to expand its activities to assist BCIT's School of Construction and the Environment to build safe, accessible and sustainable communities through research and the education of students and practitioners in the field.
ExpertiseCREATE is part of BCIT's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation, (CARI), home of BCIT's three dedicated research groups: MAKE+, NRG and SMART, and supporting labs.
The Neil Squire R&D Group, one of the first in Canada to address the human/computer interfacing issues that affect persons with significant physical disabilities, is also part of the CREATE team. For two decades the Neil Squire R&D Group has applied its technical expertise in the areas of electronics, mechanical, software and human factors engineering to develop a variety of innovative assistive technologies including: robotic appliances, environmental controls, adaptive computer input devices, accessible telecommunication aids and adaptive mechanical fixtures.
Current initiatives under CREATE include:
- Improved accessibility and communication for persons with disability
- Supporting leading edge work in police dog performance and health
- Collaborating closely with BCIT's MAKE+ applied research group
- Collaborating with the Neil Squire Society
- Collaborating with the Justice Institute of British Columbia