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2014 SUNspot (Number 03) - Ease of Use and Wireless Device Modifications 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 current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. Data collection was conducted through September 2013. The data reported here are preliminary results.  

This SUNspot focuses on any...

2014 SUNspot (Number 02) - Use of Mobile Apps by People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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 current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. Data collection was conducted through September 2013. The data reported here are preliminary results. 

This SUNspot focuses on the use...

Updated: 12 Considerations for Accessible Emergency Communications

July 2014 – The Wireless RERC recently updated their consideration guide to help emergency response and preparedness communities plan for individuals with access and functional needs. The document highlights technology, policy, training and education concerns for making emergency communications more accessible. Some considerations include:

  1. Procuring and utilizing software/hardware solutions and interoperable networks for (1) receiving alert feeds from multiple sources and (2)
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Wireless RERC Researcher Authors NCD Report on Emergency Communications

Dr. James White, Director of Communications Studies at Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) and Wireless RERC researcher, authored the recently published National Council on Disability (NCD) report: Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated. Officially released at their May 27th briefing, the report focuses on the accessibility of emergency

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Wireless RERC Researcher Authors NCD Report on Emergency Communications

Dr. James White, Director of Communications Studies at Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP) and Wireless RERC researcher, authored the recently published National Council on Disability (NCD) report: Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated. Officially released at their May 27th briefing, the report focuses on the

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2014 SUNspot (Number 01) - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device Users and Mainstream Wireless Devices

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 current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results.  

We’re pleased to announce the availability of our latest edition of SUNspot for 2014,...

2013 SUNspot (Number 07) - Adults with Disabilities and Cellphone Internet Use

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 current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. 

We’re pleased to announce the availability of our latest edition of SUNspot, our series...

2013 Research Brief (Number 04) - FM Radio and RBDS-Based Emergency Alerting: Possibilities and Potholes

October 2013 — The Wireless RERC released a Research Brief entitled, “FM Radio and RBDS-Based Emergency Alerting: Possibilities and Potholes.”  The brief discusses the limitations of current mobile emergency alerts, noting the expense and unreliability of Short Message Service (SMS) text messages and the limited text allowed for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). Further noted is the limited accessibility of WEA, as text-to-speech is not a

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2013 SUNspot (Number 06) - Adults with Disabilities and Sources of Wireless Accessibility Information

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 current version (Version 4) was launched in September 2012. The data reported here are preliminary results. Data collection is ongoing. 

This SUNspot addresses the question of which sources of...

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