Research Projects

User-Centered Research: Consumer Advisory Network (R1)

The overall purpose of this project is to enhance consumer participation in wireless research and development by expanding and refining the research “portal” into the needs of people with disabilities for wireless technologies. This portal is the Wireless RERC’s Consumer Advisory Network (CAN), the nationwide network of approximately 1,000 individuals with all types of disabilities. CAN members are frequently called upon to provide insights and feedback on emerging issues related to use, usability, needs and wants of wireless technologies.

Policy Approaches to Promote Access to Wireless Technologies

With the migration from old technologies to new and the seemingly exponential growth of newer technologies on the landscape, the wireless industry continues to charge forward with the release of services, devices and applications to corner a larger share of the marketplace.  Regulatory agencies realize that the release of new technology outpaces the regulatory process and are accelerating the pace of creating rules as well as soliciting greater public input into the process.  This understanding of the need to produce rules and regulations that encompass future technologies--the anticipated

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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.