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UMass, IBM partner on tech center for disabled

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The University of Massachusetts Boston and computer giant IBM Corp. are teaming up to figure out better ways for people with disabilities and the elderly to benefit from technological advancements.

Through a partnership that will be announced Tuesday, the two will form the nonprofit Collaborative Innovation Center that will build on the research that both UMass and IBM have been doing for decades to increase accessibility in workplaces and on campuses for people who have vision, hearing, and other impairments.

Much of the center’s focus will be on developing mobile technologies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. But it will also work on forming new policies to reduce barriers to the computer technology that has become an indispensable part of everyday life.

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