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Wireless RERC Researcher Authors NCD Report on Emergency Communications

Dr. James White, Director of Communications Studies at Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) and Wireless RERC researcher, authored the recently published National Council on Disability (NCD) report: Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated. Officially released at their May 27th briefing, the report focuses on the

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2013 SUNspot (Number 07) - Adults with Disabilities and Cellphone Internet Use

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUN in 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. 

We’re pleased to announce the availability of our latest edition of SUNspot, our series...

2013 Research Brief (Number 04) - FM Radio and RBDS-Based Emergency Alerting: Possibilities and Potholes

October 2013 — The Wireless RERC released a Research Brief entitled, “FM Radio and RBDS-Based Emergency Alerting: Possibilities and Potholes.”  The brief discusses the limitations of current mobile emergency alerts, noting the expense and unreliability of Short Message Service (SMS) text messages and the limited text allowed for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Further noted is the limited accessibility of WEA, as text-to-speech is not a

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2013 SUNspot (Number 06) - Adults with Disabilities and Sources of Wireless Accessibility Information

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUN in 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. Data collection is ongoing. 

This SUNspot addresses the question of which sources of...

2013 SUNspot (Number 05) - Adults with Disabilities and Wireless Service Plans

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUNin 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. Data collection is ongoing...

2013 SUNspot (Number 04) - Adults with Disabilities, Age and Use of Wireless Devices

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUNin 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. Data collection is ongoing...

2013 SUNspot (Number 03) - Use of Wireless Devices by Adults with Disabilities

We created “SUNspot” to share some of the latest findings from ongoing data collection for our Survey of User Needs (SUN), our cornerstone survey on use and usability of wireless technology by people with disabilities.  We launched the first version of the SUN in 2001. The current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. Data collection is ongoing. 

This SUNspot addresses the following questions related to...

Research Brief: National EAS Test Survey and Focus Group Findings

On November 9, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with the FCC conducted the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  This document provides an overview of data collected by the Wireless RERC on the experience of people with sensory disabilities when receiving the EAS message.

 

2013 Research Brief (Number 02): Emergency Alerting and Age

Citizens with disabilities are at once the most vulnerable during an emergency, and the most likely to have greater access challenges to communications media than the rest of the population. Consequently, finding technological solutions that ensure access is critical to an effective emergency communications and emergency management plan.

This Wireless RERC research brief examines the effects of age on use of various media to receive and share public alert Information by people with...

2013 SUNspot (Number 02) - Disability, Household Income and Use of Wireless Devices

This SUNspot addresses the question of whether household income is a factor in use of mobile wireless technology by people with disabilities. Two questions specific will be addressed:

  • Does income affect the ownership of wireless devices such as cellphones, smartphones and tablets by people with any type of disability?
  • Does income affect the types of devices (basic cellphone, smartphone, or tablet) that people with disabilities own?

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