Imagine designing the next generation of the wheelchair. Or adapting a bicycle so it can be ridden by someone with one leg. Or counseling a person with a disability to better understand his challenges and help find new solutions. That’s a career in rehabilitation science and technology.

Our faculty strive to balance the career needs of our students with the theoretical foundations of the field. 

Here at the University of Pittsburgh, we put our students to work in the research labs designing, testing, and—most important of all—improving critical technology that enables people with disabilities to go about their daily lives. Those pursuing a career in rehabilitation counseling, meanwhile, learn through both classroom theory and hands-on job experience, while enjoying a fast route to a career in human services.

Our students work alongside designers, engineers, and clinical professionals—the same people with whom they’ll interact once they enter the workforce. Upon graduation, our students are exceptionally well prepared to pass licensing exams and typically work in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, companies specializing in assistive technology, state agencies, and research labs.

Student veteran learns important machining skills under his mentor's guidance. Handbook of Disability Studies Students presenting their research projects at the Annual Student Research Symposium and Poster Session Undergraduate intern Dan Christiana discusses his summer project with his graduate student mentor Nahom BeyeneWorld Health Organization Report on Disability
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