Policy and Outreach Initiatives (DS1)

Wireless RERC Presents at CSUN 2013

Four Wireless RERC papers will be featured at the 2013 International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, February 25-March 2, 2013.  The papers include: App Factory: Assistive and Accessibility App, which will be a demo session; Wireless Technology Use and Disability based on the Survey of User Needs; Social Media, Public Emergencies & Disability, which

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ASHA 2012 - Mobile Apps for Managing Memory Impairment after Brain Injury

On November 16, 2012, Sheperd Center's researcher, John Morris, and speech language pathologist, Tracey Wallace, made a presentation at the 2012 American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) which highlighted a variety of mobile applications that can help with memory management in individuals with brain injury.

The 2012 ASHA Convention was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 15–17, 2012.

The 2012 ASHA Convention theme,...

Touchscreen Usability Testing of Mobile Devices

In 2009, the Wireless RERC conducted usability testing on three popular models of touchscreen smartphones,  Apple's iPhone 3G, BlackBerry's Storm 9530, and HTC's Touch HD.  13 participants with a variety of disabilities across functional and sensory limitations tested the cognitive, manual, and visual interfaces of the devices.  Please consult the presentation below for full results of the study. 

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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Mobile Apps for Case Managers and their Patients

In October 2011 and January 2012, RERC staff gave presentations on useful mobile applications ("apps") for chronic care patients and their caregivers and case managers. The presentation provided details on over 20 apps in several categories, including: a) medical reference, 2) independent living, 3) emergency assistance and communications, 4) brain builders and games. 

Over 60 case managers (all registered nurses) from the national case management firm Paradigm attended...

Jim Mueller Presents at AIA Convention

Jim Mueller, co-project director for the Wireless RERC’s User-Centered Research project , presented samples from the “Getting Wireless: Exploring Universal Design in Wireless Technologies” student design project during a seminar at the Architects Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. on May 19.  During the month of April, student teams at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech developed solutions for the wireless customer personas created based on data collected through the Wireless RERC’s...

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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