The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Inclusive Technologies (Wireless RERC), 2020 State of Technology Forum focuses on the key themes: Include, Innovate, and Transform. These three cross-cutting elements have been chosen as particularly characteristic of the rapidly advancing, technology-driven field over the last 20 years. While wireless technologies have radically changed the economic, educational, and social landscapes, for much of society, they have especially served to increase the engagement and full societal participation of some 49.7 million people with disabilities, and an additional 52 million Americans aged 65 and older.
The Forum, taking place 20 years into the 21st Century, (a) examines the evolving nature and capacities of wireless technologies, (b) identifies the opportunities made possible by these technologies to meet a range of community needs for access, equity, and inclusion, and (c) sets the stage to suggest the change-making mechanisms in research, development, policy, and capacity building to advance these objectives. That said, positive change can no longer be about the technologies alone, but much more about the context of use and the capacity of wireless and associated digital technologies to facilitate the independent living and the community inclusion of people with disabilities. The key objective of the Forum is to explore how inclusion and innovation in wireless technology design and development have and can continue to result in products that can be characterized as transformational. The SoT 2020 will define the mission, methods, and measures needed to realize the vision.
Call for Papers
The Forum invites short papers that are intended to provide background and context for the conference. Selected papers, as well as external papers, invited to respond to issues arising in the Forum discussions, will be assembled for a special Forum issue prepared for the Assistive Technology Journal. Issue Associate Editors are Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D., Helena Mitchell, Ph.D., and Salimah LaForce, M.S.
The following (representative) topics have been proposed for the Forum:
- Conflicting realities of rising wireless digital accessibility and widening digital disparities: What are the education, employment, or health consequences?
- The augmented human: Moving towards the seamless integration of wearables, sensors and digital systems
- Skills, training, and the impact of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality applications that enhance access and inclusion
- Wireless case studies: The real and imagined impacts on access and inclusion
- Social media and platform applications: How wireless technologies and user-generated content impact independence and disability identity
- Accessibility and the emergence of artificial intelligence in consumer products and their impact on independence
- Federal regulation and policy access and inclusion outcomes
- The Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA)
- Modernization of the national alerting systems to be inclusive of wireless technologies
- Role of disruptive wireless technologies: innovations, networks and the gig economy
- Shaping the future of inclusive design
- (Inclusive) Smart places, spaces, and things: The role of IoT on mobility and participation
- Socially Assistive Robotics – when the caregiver is made of wires
- Wireless devices and services: A look at user experiences and expectations
Submission of abstracts for proposed articles should be 300-500 words addressing one of the proposed topics listed above or suggesting an alternative, but compelling topic on wireless access and inclusion. The papers may be review articles, methodological articles, research presentations, or papers that address technology transfer and unique research/development concepts. Thematically, they may (a) address the evolving nature and capacities of wireless technologies, (b) discuss how these technologies can address community needs for access, equity, and inclusion and (c) explore change-making mechanisms in research, development, policy, and capacity building to advance these inclusion and participation objectives.
Submission should be made to Paul M.A. Baker, Associate Editor, Wireless Forum Special Issue
|Submission of 300-word abstract/Concept||April 1, 2020|
|Notification of acceptance||April 15, 2020|
|Submission of 1500 word (3-5 page) Conference Paper||May 15, 2020|
|Submission of 3000 - 6000-word Journal Article for review||June 1- August 1, 2020|
|Reviews returned to authors||September 1, 2020|
|Revisions due to editors||November 1, 2021|
|Final papers to AT||February 1, 2021|