Health Sciences Diversity

The Thornburgh Family Lecture on Disability Law and Policy

October 18, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Rory Cooper, Ph.D., Director of the Human Research Engineering Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh presents "Assistive Technology is a Form of Advocacy".  Dr. Cooper is a champion for those who rely on assistive technology needs.  Cooper was paralyzed in 1980 and has devoted himself to advancing assistive technology forward by inventing and improving the products people with disabilities rely on and enlightening the public’s awareness of their needs. If you use a wheelchair or any other sort of assistive technology, the chances are extremely high that he has had some direct or indirect influence on its design.

Dr. Cooper and his team at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories work to improve the well-being of individuals of the change that living with a disability brings. This team provides innovative solutions for individuals with disabilities who need assistive technology for mobility, manipulation, cognition, and other everyday needs to bridge independence and the opportunity to live life to the fullest.  For additional information, please contact the Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy, Dick Thornburgh Room Hillman Library, 3960 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, telephone #412-624-1514 or email

Learn more about Dr. Cooper using this link

Read the recent Pittwire news release featuring PneuChair - a water-friendly wheelchair using this link

Location and Address

The University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Ballroom B)

Directions and Parking Information

Parking is suggested at the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium parking garage located on Bigelow Boulevard.  See additional information here

University of Pittsburgh Year of Healthy U

This year Pitt is studying, recognizing, and appreciating practices that promote good health, showing how a cross disciplinary understanding of health can lead to better lives. The Year of Healthy U will advance our understanding of health in all its forms and renew our commitment to fostering a healthy community.