USU receives disability research grant

A Utah State University project nearly 10 years in the making hit the ground running on October 1 with a federal grant of nearly $600,000. It will support a research endeavor aimed at stimulating emergency evacuations for those with physical disabilities or stamina impairment.Keith Christensen, co-principle investigator on the project and assistant professor in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Department, says USU is one of just a few schools in the world undertaking such research.Christensen says when the project concludes in the fall of 2013 the team will provide its findings to companies and engineers who create evacuation plans for new buildings around the nation, improving the safety and welfare of those with disabilities.

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