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Emergency Communications

Seeking People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing for Usability Study in Atlanta

A usability study will be held at the Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access (CATEA).  We will be asking for feedback on several different light, vibration and sound signals for receiving emergency messages on cell phones. 

The study will take about one hour and participants will be compensated $40 cash for their time and opinions.  It is currently scheduled for:

Take the 2015 Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Survey!

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can be received on cell phones across the country. These alerts are automatic, provide AMBER alerts, and weather emergency notifications. Unlike text alerts you may receive from your city, county, or institution, you do not have to sign-up to receive WEA messages.

Public Policy Luncheon on Next-generation 911 to Address Accessibility

February – The Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) of Atlanta, and Cox Communications, Inc. will present a luncheon panel on “Next Generation 911:  Location Accuracy, IP Transition and PSAPs, Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and other 911 Related Issues.” The discussion will take place on March 27th from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at the Georgia Tech Research Institute: 250 14th St., NW, (Room. 119), Atlanta, GA 30318.

Panelists include:

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 New Normal for Receiving Emergency Alerts

November 2014 – FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) will co-host , IPAWS: The New Normal for Receiving Alerts, a webinar for practitioners, developers, and emergency managers on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – 2pm to 3pm EDT.  The webinar will feature installments related to various topics concerning:

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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.