6.811/2.78/HST.420 Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT)

PPAT owes its existence to the late Professor Seth Teller, who created and taught the subject in 2011, 2012, and 2013; his legacy continues at MIT.


Info for Prospective Co-designers

If you have a disability and are living in the Boston/Cambrdge area with easy access to MIT and want to serve as a co-designer, then please subscribe to the ppat-friends@mit.edu public mailing list and stay tuned for our announcement that is sent each Summer!

Info for MIT Students

The majority of PPAT students are juniors and seniors in course 2 and 6, all others are welcome with permission of instructor (we often have a wide variety of other majors enrolled). We seek students from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines; previous experience in design is helpful, but not necessary. This course is a good fit for students interested in public service, user-centered product design, working with a person who has a disability, and tackling real-world problems.

  • Enrolling in PPAT
  • Degree requirements
    • Course 6 (new curriculum): 6.811 is an EECS Independent Inquiry subject
    • Course 6 (old curriculum): 6.811 is an Advanced Undergraduate Subject
    • Course 2-A: 2.78 is a Concentration Subject - no petition needed
    • Course 2: 2.78 can be petitioned as a Restricted Elective
    • Other Majors: Reach out to your department to learn about whether PPAT can fulfill any degree requirements

Info for Harvard/Wellesley/MassArt Students

If your institution has an active cross-registration agreement with MIT, please email ppat@mit.edu after you have confirmed your eligibility with your institution. Due to the team-based, semester-long project, it is very important that students who join a team in week three stay for the rest of the semester.

Info for Other Students

MIT offers some non-degree programs managed by MIT Grad Admissions that can qualify you to enroll in PPAT.