Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung About us





About us

Prof. Dr. Bühler with Projectpartners at the  RehaCare

Focus on human needs.

In the past the needs of persons with physical disabilities were the motive behind technical innovations on a limited scale only.
Yet, this motive caused the establishment of Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung (FTB) as a part of Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein in 1991.

The centre of interest is no longer the industrial application of new technologies, but the actual problems and needs of persons with disabilities and older people.

Two basic approaches are followed here

  • solutions "for all"
  • dedicated solutions for problems of specific target groups

In the first place the work of FTB is committed to the needs and interests of persons with disabilities and older persons. However the close co-operation with service delivery, manufacturers and institutions is an important issue, too.

According to the concept of FTB with its multidisciplinary approach, the institute's staff consists of an interdisciplinary working team. The scope of functions and project activities is devided into synergetic centres for

Only an appropriate knowledge of the state of the art enables sound problem-oriented research and development. On the other hand really useful results can only be obtained by intensive testing with direct involvement of the potential users.

Partners of co-operation

FTB co-operates with universities in Germany and with leading companies in rehabilitation technology. International contacts are established to many other research facilities and institutions for rehabilitation technology, design-for-all and related subjects.
Furthermore FTB co-operates with associations of and for people with disabilities and elderly people.

FTB is scientific institution at the FernUniversität in Hagen and at the Universität Dortmund.

In 1996, FTB got the acknowledgement as an scientific institution at the FernUniversität in Hagen from the Ministry of Science and Research of Northrhine-Westphalia.

In 2005 followed the acknowledgement as an scientific institution at the Universität Dortmund.

Sponsorship of FTB

A society for sponsorship with members from industry and commerce, science and public areas has been founded to support the work of FTB. This society supports the transfer of knowledge and the regional co-operation and has furthermore a sponsoring and advising function.

Memberships/ Participations

Experts from FTB are members in various boards and expert committees in the field of rehabilitation, for example:

  • Ausschuß "Interdisziplinäre Forschung" und Ausschuß "Hilfen für das tägliche Leben" der Deutschen Vereinigung für die Rehabilitation Behinderter e.V.
  • AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe).
  • ISAAC (International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication).
  • ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics).
  • RESNA (Rehabilitation Society for North- America).
  • ICTA (International Commission on Technology and Accessibility).
  • NaMed DIN-Normenausschuß Medizin - AAF 1 "Terminologie".
  • Deutsche Vereinigung für die Rehabilitation Behinderter.
  • Past international Member of the Advisory Board of CSUN - Center on Disabilities Technology Conference, California State University, Northridge.
  • EDeAN - European Design for all eAccessibility Network.

Participation on fairs and events

Beyond that FTB is engaged in advice and expert activities, e.g. for the European Commission, Northrhine Westfalia. In addition the institute participates with publications and contributions in international exhibitions, congresses and journals.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bühler


Last Updated at Tuesday, 26 August 2008