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Who we are

The Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA), formerly known as the Center for Rehabilitation Technology, has been in existence for over 20 years. The name was changed July 1, 2001, to more accurately reflect our two foci:

  • Development, evaluation, and utilization of assistive technology (technologies or devices designed to allow or improve performance of activities of daily living or work).
  • Design and development of accessible environments (environments, private and public, accessible to all people, including those with disabilities).

CATEA is a unit of the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. We are supported in our mission by strategic partners and a national advisory council. Visit CATEA History for more information on the development of CATEA.


CATEA supports individuals with disabilities of any age within the State of Georgia and beyond through:

  • expert services
  • research
  • design and technological development
  • information dissemination
  • educational programs

The application of these resources is intended to promote maximum access to opportunity and environments by enhancing individuals' capabilities through the appropriate use of technology.