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

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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 technologies truly meet the needs of this target population. Inclusively designed technologies can: 1) enhance accessibility, 2) increase independence and community participation, and 3) support a more inclusive society, a trend which we feel will become increasingly the norm in the future.

Additional Information

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.

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!

Common Misconceptions Regarding People who are Deaf & Rely on American Sign Language

This document provides common misconceptions regarding people who are Deaf and rely on American Sign Language (ASL) and their access to emergency information.

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.

 

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

2016 SUNspot (04) - Use of intelligent personal assistants (IPAs) by people 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 latest version (Version 5) was conducted in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016.

Introduction

This SUNspot addresses the following question related to use of...

2016 SUNspot (03) - Wireless Activities 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 latest version (Version 5) was conducted in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016.

Introduction

This SUNspot addresses the following question related to use of...

2016 SUNspot (02) - Wireless Device Operating Systems of People 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 latest version (Version 5) was conducted in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016.

Introduction

This SUNspot addresses the following question related to wireless...

2016 SUNspot (01) - Wireless Device Ownership by People 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 latest version (Version 5) was conducted in the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016.

Introduction

This SUNspot addresses the following question related to ownership of...

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