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What We Do

Currently there are 20 ongoing projects that are supported by $7M in annual federal funding. The collaborative funding sources include National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).


Birmingham-Lakeshore Aging with Disability Exercise and Environment Study is designed to prospectively assess the relationships between physical activity, health outcomes, and environmental and sociocultural factors among people with disabilities. BLADE2S will follow Lakeshore members, their families, and community members with disabilities to determine unique differences in lifestyle observed in adults with disabilities, changes in health and function over the lifespan, and determine the effects of health behaviors on the onset of certain health conditions and functional limitations.

Sport Science

Lakeshore Foundation is a leader in sport science for athletes with disabilities with the U.S. and around the world. Utilizing expertise in exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, and nutrition, we provide services for our own athletes as well as U.S. National team members in sports including wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, sailing, swimming, power soccer, wheelchair tennis, and equestrian.


Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Interactive Exercise Technologies and Exercise Physiology for People with Disabilities

rectech_green_uab_logo-300x87RecTech is a five year federally funded research center that uses new and emerging technologies to promote healthy, active lifestyles in children and adults with disabilities. The Center, located at Lakeshore Foundation in Homewood, Alabama, focuses on four key areas of research and development:

  1. increase access to environments, equipment, and programs associated with healthy, active living;
  2. encourage greater rates of participation in healthy levels of physical activity;
  3. promote adherence to regular exercise; and 4) explore how physical activity affects health, function and performance in people with disabilities.

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RERC RecTech is located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Lakeshore Foundation and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (Grant # H133E120005).

  • Research Projects
  • Development Projects

R1: Activity Monitors for Physical Activity Assessment of Manual Wheelchair Users
Research that allows manual wheelchair users to estimate their daily energy expenditure using inexpensive and widely available personal monitoring technologies such as pedometers and accelerometers.

R2: TExT-ME – Telehealth Exercise Training with Monitoring and Evaluation
Research to develop and test a telehealth training and monitoring system that allows participants who do not have access to a fitness center to exercise at home under the supervision of a remote personal trainer.

R3: POWERS – Personalized Online Weight and Exercise Response System
Development and testing of an online system for promoting and monitoring physical activity in children with disabilities in their local community. A telehealth coach establishes a link between the child/parent and local service provider (e.g., ballet, martial arts, swimming, etc.) and facilitates integration of the child into the program with remote instruction, monitoring and feedback.

D1: Adaptive Video Game Controllers
Development of adaptations for active video gaming (AVG) accessibility for youths with disabilities, followed by an assessment of energy expenditure to determine the impact of AVGs on health and fitness.

D2: An Advanced Virtual Exercise Environment Device (AVE2D) for Promoting Socially Engaging Physical Activity
Development of an accessible exercise device that provides people with disabilities virtual access to socially engaging, natural exercise environments (e.g., parks, museums, shopping malls) out of their own home.

D3: Development of Uniform Standards for Accessible Fitness Equipment
The promotion of national and international standards for universally designed fitness facilities and exercise equipment. This is a collaborative project between RecTech standards developers and the U.K Inclusive Fitness Initiative.