Technology and Disability Policy Highlights: May 2017

In May, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing regarding emergency alerting systems in the United States. The questions and answers during the hearing reflected research and development efforts on the modernization and maturation of the national systems. Questions from Congressional members ranged from technical to specific concerns regarding their district such as Would seniors or socioeconomically challenged...

Technology and Disability Policy Highlights: April 2017

In April, the United States Senate passed a resolution [S.Res.122], designating April as National 9-1-1 Education Month. The resolution acknowledges modernizing the system, access for people with disabilities via a variety of methods, and public education, including children, on how and when to use 9-1-1. The Resolution calls attention to the various issues facing the public, government and industry stakeholders. Though April is past, awareness and education efforts are...

Technology and Disability Policy Highlights: March 2017

In March, legislative activities saw the introduction of two bills ADA Lawsuit Clarification Act of 2017 [H.R. 1493] in California and the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 [H.R.620] in Texas. These bills propose that the complainant engages in negotiation and remediation prior to filing a private civil suit. The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Coalition Partners oppose H.R. 620, stating that it “would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to...

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.


Technology and Disability Policy Highlights: February 2017

In February, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) began accepting nominations for the Chairman’s Awards for Advancement in Accessibility (Chairman’s AAA). The awards ”recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, academic institutions, companies and government agencies to make communications tools more accessible to people with disabilities.” Send nominations to

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Technology and Disability Policy Highlights: January 2017

In January, the U.S. Access Board published revised guidelines and standards pertaining to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934. They cover Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for buses and vans, medical diagnostic equipment (MDE), and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines (ICT-Refresh). ICT-Refresh standards are effective March 20, 2017, and January 18, 2018, is the compliance...

Technology and Disability Highlights - December 2016

In December, the Wireless RERC prepared for exciting new beginnings.  We have a new logo, highlighting the broader concept of inclusion, which involves the accessibility of the technologies, but also the benefits that access affords -- social, civic, academic, and economic opportunity. Our center’s newsletters, the Technology and Disability Policy Highlights (...

Connecting Customers with Disabilities to the Wireless World

Vol-5, Issue No-11 of the Design for All International group, in celebration of Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December 2010

Model Techniques for Consumer-Driven Research, Proceedings of the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging, and Technology

 This paper chronicles the Wireless RERC’s user research efforts from 2001-2011 and offers lessons learned through these efforts.  The authors hope that this model will be of value to other research organizations for including people with disabilities in development of technologies that are truly assistive and supportive. 


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