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Accessibility of Wireless Emergency Alerts

We need your help to make emergency alerts and warning systems accessible to people with disabilities.  Alerts and warning messages are critical during emergencies. People with disabilities are sometimes not considered when sending alerts and warnings. This can impact how you prepare, respond and get back to normal life. We invite you to discuss how you are alerted and respond to emergency alerts, the vibration and light features of assistive technologies and mobile phones. We seek individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The discussions will be held at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) 890 North Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, Georgia 30021 on December 3rd and 4th.

You only need to participate on one day.  Your total time commitment will be no more than 2 hours; this does not include travel time to and from AASD.  If you decide to participate you will be compensated $40.00.

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) on behalf of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate really needs your input. You have been recommended by the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired, Inc. (GACHI), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wireless Technologies (Wireless RERC), the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) or the Georgia Emergency Preparedness Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities and Older Adults.

If you want to participate, please reply to this email with your preferred date and time, email address and mobile phone number (indicate if you would only like to receive texts).  Feel free to share this announcement with anyone you think would be interested in participating.

Contact information:   Maureen Linden at 404.894.0561 or Maureen.linden@coa.gatech.edu.

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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant number 90RE5007-01-00. The opinions contained in this website are those of the Wireless RERC and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or NIDILRR.