Reports

2013 Research Brief (Number 02): Emergency Alerting and Age

Citizens with disabilities are at once the most vulnerable during an emergency, and the most likely to have greater access challenges to communications media than the rest of the population. Consequently, finding technological solutions that ensure access is critical to an effective emergency communications and emergency management plan.

This Wireless RERC research brief examines the effects of age on use of various media to receive and share public alert Information by people with...

2013 SUNspot (Number 02) - Disability, Household Income and Use of Wireless Devices

This SUNspot addresses the question of whether household income is a factor in use of mobile wireless technology by people with disabilities. Two questions specific will be addressed:

  • Does income affect the ownership of wireless devices such as cellphones, smartphones and tablets by people with any type of disability?
  • Does income affect the types of devices (basic cellphone, smartphone, or tablet) that people with disabilities own?

2013 Research Brief (Number 01): Technology Use by People with Hearing and Speech Loss for Communicating with Emergency Response Services

This research brief presents survey data collected by the Wireless RERC on actual and preferred methods for contacting emergency response services by people living with hearing and/or speech loss.  The data were collected as part of the Survey on Emergency Communications and People with Disabilities conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC).  

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2013 SUNspot (Number 01)-Wireless Device Use by People with Disabilities

This SUNspot addresses the following questions related to use and usability of wireless technology by people with all types of disabilities:

  • The rate of ownership of wireless devices such as cellphones, smartphones and tablets by people with any type of disability
  • The types of devices that people with disabilities own

Wireless RERC Comments on Test of National EAS System

03.22.2012 – The Wireless RERC filed ex parte comments with the FCC regarding the national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) conducted on November 9, 2011. The comments were submitted in the form of the Wireless RERC’s Report on the National EAS Test On-line Survey and Focus Group Findings. From November 2, 2011 through November 18, 2011, the Wireless RERC conducted two surveys, one prior to the November 9th national EAS test and the other following the test. Four hundred...

SUNspot 9 - Wireless Use and Usability by People with Dexterity Limitations, 2011.09.16

This SUNspot addresses the following questions related to people with dexterity limitations. 1) How many have mobile wireless phones? 2) How important is their wireless device and why? 3)What is the level of satisfaction with the device they have, and have they modified it to make it easier?

 

SUNspot 8 - Preferences for Text-based Messaging and Mobile Internet, 2011.08.04

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on the consumer preferences for text-based messaging and mobile internet by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 7 - Device Customization and Apps, 2011-07-18

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on customization of wireless devices and use of software applications ("apps") by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 6 - People with Disabilities, Income, and Wireless Access - 2011.03.30

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on the the impact of household income on wireless technology use by people with disabilities.

 

SUNspot 5 - Wireless Users with Hearing Impairment, 2011.01.07

A review of data from the Wireless RERC's Survey of User Needs (SUN). This SUNspot focuses on the use and usability of wireless technology by people with hearing impairment.

 

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