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9-1-1 & Alert Trends for People with Disabilities

June 2013 — Wireless RERC principal investigator, Dr. Helena Mitchell, presented 9-1-1 & Alert Trends for People with Disabilities at the National Emergency Number Associations’ (NENA) annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. NENA’s educational tracks, among other things, addressed NG911, accessibility, text-to-911, public outreach, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). NENA hosted thousands of public safety

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CTIA Accessibility Outreach Initiative Webinar - June 13,2013

On June 13, 2013, Wireless RERC researchers Ben Lippincott and Salimah LaForce presented an overview of the Wireless RERC to industry representatives at a webinar hosted by CTIA's Accessibility Outreach Initiative (AOI).   Also discussed were services and other collaborative opportunities the RERC has available to offer CTIA member companies. Attendees included representatives from companies such as Verizon,

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Wireless Technology Use and Disability presentation at CTIA's Wireless 2013 Accessibility Outreach Initiative

On May 21, 2013, Wireless RERC researcher, John Morris, gave a presentation of Wireless Technology Use and Disability: Results from the Survey of User Needs at CTIA's Wirless 2013 Accessibility Outreach Initiative (AOI).  John, along with other disability and consumer advocacy experts, provided a roundtable discussion on wireless accessibility and consumer needs to industry and federal regulatory professionals.  Below is a PDF of

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Wireless RERC Joins the National Academies Workshop on Geotargeted Alerts & Warnings

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies hosted a workshop to examine current knowledge and research on geotargeted disaster alerts and warnings on February 21-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  The workshop was organized by the Committee on Geotargeted Disaster Alerts and Warnings, which is charged with examining current knowledge and research to improve the effectiveness of alerts and warnings with greater

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DEVELOPING AN APPETITE FOR ACCESS

On September 6-7, the FCC hosted a free workshop for developers, “Developing with Accessibility" (DevAcc), at its headquarters in Washington, DC.  Jim Mueller, Wireless RERC project director, demonstrated "BrailleTouch" and "ReadMore," two of the apps being developed by the RERC's App Factory. 

The purpose of DevAcc was to promote the development of accessible apps on various mobile platforms.

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Wireless RERC researcher, Ed Price, on NPR’s Marketplace

Ed Price, co-director on the Wireless RERC’s App Factory project was recently featured on NPR’s Marketplace discussing with John Moe, host of Marketplace’s Tech Report, Verizon’s recent testing of a text-to-911 system in Durham, NC.   During the radio segment Ed details some of the issues the text-to-911 solution faces, like how the 911 center currently does not know the exact location of the caller.  However

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Testimony of the Wireless RERC regarding the US Access Board's ANPRM

In the Matter of Information and Communications Technology Standards and Guidelines March 1, 2012 at CSUN conference.

Wireless RERC on the Record: FCC’s Section 504 Compliance

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with the Wireless RERC, submitted comments to the Public Notice, Request for Comment on the Commission’s Policies and Practices to Ensure Compliance with Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [CG Docket No. 10-162].  Section 504 requires that federal agencies make their programs and activities accessible

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Wireless RERC on the Record: Advancing Access to Emergency Alerting

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with the Wireless RERC, submitted comments to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) In the Matter of Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission’s Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System [15-94]; Wireless Emergency Alerts [PS Docket No. 15-91].  The proposed changes in the NPRM are intended to strengthen the

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Wireless RERC on the Record: Role of Government in the Advancement of IoT

The Wireless RERC, in collaboration with Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT), Georgia Tech Research Institute, filed comments in response to The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) inquiry: “Notice, Request for Public Comment, The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of...

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