The National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering (NIRE)

The National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering (NIRE) was a charitable & non-profit organization which, between 1967 and 2009, operated clinics for the development and dispensing of Assistive Technology devices to people with many different types of permanent disabilities. These clinics assisted hundreds of people having permanently impaired vision - with personalized optical and electronic aids, user training, and employment assistance. Schepens is now home to NIRE's data archive. The information is being made available so that it may help vision-impaired people everywhere to function more comfortably and independently based on help from local service providers. Permission is granted to freely copy and distribute these papers provided all copies are complete and unaltered with The N.I.R.E. clearly identified as the source.

Assistive Technology for People with Low-Vision or Reduced Visual Acuity

Assistive Technology for People with Parkinson (or a similar) Disease and Impaired Vision

Assistive Technology for Quadriplegics 

Construction Details for N.I.R.E. Type-2 Field-Expander Eyeglasses 

Cross-Vision Glasses for People Sighted in One Eye

Eyeglasses for People With Vertical Eye Movement Disorders and/or Ambulation Disorders - Eyeglasses for People Missing Lower Halves of Visual Fields

Functional Help for People Having Retinal Scotomas

Helping People Who Have Double Vision (Diplopia)

Information about Impaired Night Vision and Night Blindness

Intensive Mobility Training for Disabled Drivers for the Safe Use of Power Wheelchairs, Scooters & Automobiles

Mobility Training for User and Public Safety

Motorized Scooters and User Safety

Public Transportation, Mobility Aids and Passenger Safety

Powered Wheelchairs and Residential Fire Safety

Powered Wheelchairs and User Safety

Residential and Workplace Accommodations for Quadriplegics

Technology for People Deaf in One Ear

Technology for People Having Severe Hearing Loss

Vision Aids for Impaired Peripheral Vision or Tunnel Vision

Vision Aids for People Having Bi-Nasal Hemianopsia

Vision Aids for People Having Bi-Temporal Hemianopsia

Vision Aids for People Having Homonymous Hemianopsia

Vision Aids for People Sighted in One Eye

Vision Aids for People Sighted in One Eye that is Hemianopic

Vision Aids for People with Impaired Color Perception

Visual Distance Perception and Depth Perception