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Industry and Consumer Newsletter

a newsletter about Wireless RERC activities and projects

August 2014 Technology and Disability Policy Highlights

This August, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced requirements and compliance deadlines that impact communications and technology accesses for people with hearing loss.  The first was the order requiring closed captioning of internet video clips [MB Docket No. 11-154] which establishes an effective date of September 4, 2014. They also adopted rules that complement previous commitments made by wireless carriers to support text-to-911 by May 2014.

Re:Wireless Industry and Consumer Newletter

The Re:Wireless Industry and Consumer Newsletter is usually distributed on a quarterly basis, but sometimes waiting three months in between issues is just too long. Such is the case now where I'm able to share two new SUNspots and a Research Brief for your reading pleasure. I couldn't just sit on these golden nuggets for another month or two. Share and share alike, I say.

Learning from Older Adults

During Fall semester 2012, students at the School of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech spent 15 weeks at the Wesley Woods retirement community learning from older adults.  The “studio” class, headed by Assistant Professor Dr. Claudia B. Rebola, focused on the full cycle of designing products from problem definition to design iteration and prototype deliverables.

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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.