Partnership Information

National Telerehabilitation Service System (NTSS)

The National Telerehabilitation Service System's (NTSS) mission statement defines it as "an alliance of researchers, service providers, and technologists who improve accessibility to quality comprehensive rehabilitation services for people with disabilities through the application of sustainable technologies and applied research." Created as a joint partnership between Saint Francis University's Center of Excellence for Remote & Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) and the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, NTSS investigates new emerging information technologies that can be used to increase access to education, training, counseling, and healthcare for persons with disabilities to better allow them to live and compete in a global economy. NTSS is attempting to establish collaborative research efforts with other comprehensive rehabilitative centers throughout the country to study their requirements and capabilities. Continuous efforts are being made by CERMUSA and HGAC to ensure that the research findings are available to the public through publications, presentations, training, and demonstrations.
 

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

The Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (PHCC) have a unique partnership which provides students with a seamless transition from a trade and technical school to a community college to a potential four-year degree.
 
Students can live at HGAC while attending PHCC.
 

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

To fill the need for advanced rehabilitation technology in the area between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, HGAC entered into a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Center for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania (CILSCPA) to create the Center for Assistive and Rehabilitative Technology (CART). The CART offers individuals a consumer-driven atmosphere where they can explore and experiment with assistive technology devices, research information on assistive technology, and receive peer counseling from users of similar technology.
 

Veterans Leadership Program/Veteran Community Initiatives

The Veterans Leadership Program/Veteran Community Initiatives is a private, non-profit agency providing no-cost job search assistance/career counseling for veterans, family members, and dislocated workers.
 

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) – Johnstown

The Henry Jackson Foundation is the Contractor for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury (DVBIC) in Johnstown. It is part of the national Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center, which was originally established in 1992 "Defense and Veterans Head Injury Program." DVBIC is a group of multi-site Trumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs in Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans (VA) hospitals and civilian TBI rehabilitation programs.
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