Accessibility, Usability, and the Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices (Brief #17-01)

Researchers at the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC) have conducted a review of representative applications and examples of currently available wearable and connected technologies. Drawing on the findings, the research brief explores the potential impact of inclusive design principles on future device development for users with disabilities – a critical approach to ensuring that these


Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Access on Android Phones (OS version 8.0.0)

This document provides step-by-step instructions for locating and customizing settings for WEA access on Android phones' latest OS version 8.0.0. Additionally, it explains how to activate Android accessibility features such as screen reader and screen magnification for people who are blind or have low vision and pulse notification and captions for people who are deaf/hard of hearing....

Re:Wireless Newsletter - 2017/04/13

This is a PDF of the Wireless RERC's 04/13/2017 Re:Wireless Newsletter for consumers.  If you have trouble accessing the file or need it in an alternate accessible format, please contact Ben Lippincott at 678-992-9309 or

Need to Know Information about Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

This document provides need to know information about WEA. It explains what a WEA is, who WEA providers are, your rights regarding WEA and what you should do to access WEA. Remember, WEA messages can save lives. Do not ignore them!

Smartphone Use and Activities by People: User Survey 2016

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:20 PM PST - Wireless RERC researcher, John Morris, gave an update on data collected from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN).  His presentation provides an analysis of the impact of demographic variables and disability type on smartphone use by adults with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities based on 2015-2016 national survey....

Apps for Enhancing Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) Access

This document provides a description of some apps that can be used to enhance WEA access. It explains different apps, their features and where you can locate them to better understand WEA messages and aid in responding to WEA the messages appropriately. Provided are links to more information for each app.


Re:Wireless Newsletter - 2017/01/25

This is a PDF of the Wireless RERC's 01/25/2017 Re:Wireless Newsletter for consumers.  If you have trouble accessing the file or need it in an alternate accessible format, please contact Ben Lippincott at 678-9929309 or

Wireless Technology Use by People with Disabilities: A National Survey

Access to and use of mobile wireless consumer technology (i.e., mobile devices like cellphones and tablets, software and services) has become critical to social and economic participation, especially for people with disabilities who already face additional barriers. This article presents data from the Survey of User Needs (SUN) conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC) from June

Meet Wireless RERC Researchers at CSUN 2016

Wireless RERC researchers will be featured at the 2016 International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, March 21-26, 2016.  The papers/presentations include:


Cognitive Impairment Presentation: 2016 Wireless Independence Now! Workshop

This presentation is part of a group of presentations given during the Wireless RERC and AT&T's consumer outreach workshop, Wireless Independence Now.  This presentation focuses on wireless accessibility features found in iOS 9 and Android 6.0 smartphones and tablets.  It provides a general overview of accessibility features for consumers with cognitive impairments or learning disabilities.    

*Every effort has been made to make this PDF accessible....


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