Carrie Bruce is a licensed speech-language pathologist and an assistive technology practitioner who has been working in the field of rehabilitation for almost 15 years. Ms. Bruce is also a research scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) at Georgia Tech and an investigator for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Workplace Accommodations (Work RERC). She is distinguished for her work in examining environmental design issues related to accessibility and investigating assessment methodologies that measure the environment’s impact on activity and participation. Her recent work has focused on evaluation and design of exhibits and information in museums, zoos, aquariums, and science centers to enable access by visitors with a range of abilities. Additionally, Ms. Bruce is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing program at Georgia Tech and a member of the Sonification Lab where she is concentrating on developing real-time audio interpretation of aquarium exhibits to improve access for visitors with vision impairments.
Ph.D. candidate (Human-Centered Computing), Georgia Tech
1999 - M.A. (Communication Sciences and Disorders), University of Florida
1996 - B.A. (Communication Sciences and Disorders), University of Florida
- accessible design
- assistive technology
- augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
- environmental access
- exhibit design
- home modifications
- informal learning environments
- universal design
- workplace accommodations
- Accessible Workplace Lab
- Enabling Environments Lab
- Sonification Lab
- Bruce, C. and Bryant, E., “Accessible Design Practices and Informal Learning Environments,” in The State of the Science: Emerging Research and Developments in Universal Design, (E. Steinfeld and J. Maisel, Eds.), Bentham Sciences Publishers Ltd. (in press).
- Bruce, C., “Supporting participation through universal design: Inclusive placemaking in museums,” Museums and Museum Studies at Georgia Tech: Operation, Analysis, Design, Atlanta, GA April 9, 2010.
- Bruce, C. and Walker, B., “Sound design: Enabling access to visual dynamics for visitors with vision impairments,” Technology and Disabilities Conference, Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge, San Diego, CA, March 26, 2010.
- Bruce, C., Pickering, L., Pearson, P., and Friginal, E., “Discourse in the workplace: An examination of workers’ AAC-mediated conversations,” Technology and Disabilities Conference, Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge, San Diego, CA, March 26, 2010.
- Sanford, J. and Bruce, C., “Measuring the Physical Environment,” in Rehabilitation and Health Assessment: Applying the ICF Guidelines, pp. 207-228, (E. Mpofu and T. Oakland, Eds.), New York: Springer Publishing Company (2009).
- Bruce, C. and Sanford, J., “Assessment for Workplace Accommodations,” in Assessment in Rehabilitation and Health, pp. 205-221, (E. Mpofu and T. Oakland, Eds.), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Allyn & Bacon (2009).
- Haynes, S., Sanford, J.A. and Bruce, C. “Model integrating technology use and human performance for people with disabilities,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 53rd Annual Meeting, pp. 526-530, October 2009.
- Bruce, C., “From a distance: Remote workplace assessments,” in symposium on “The Role of Human Factors in Older Worker Retention: What Do We Know and What Will We Need to Know?” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's 53rd Annual Meeting, pp. 111-115, October 2009.
- Bruce, C. and Walker, B., “Modeling visitor-exhibit interaction at dynamic zoo and aquarium exhibits for developing real-time interpretation,” Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe Conference, pp. 682-687, August 2009.
Recent Funded Projects
- 2009, Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, “HCC: The Accessible Aquarium Project: Access to Dynamic Informal Learning Environments via Advanced Bio-Tracking and Adaptive Sonification”
- 2009, Co-Principal Investigator, Georgia State University, “A Critical Analysis of Workplace Discourse to Inform AAC Devices on the Language and Literacy Needs of Workers with Communication Impairments”